The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) was established in 2015 by the Victorian Government to oversee the largest rail infrastructure project in the state's history.
LXRA is an administrative office established in relation to the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.
Level Crossing Removal Project
Central to the project is the elimination of 75 level crossings across metropolitan Melbourne by 2025, in addition to upgrading or constructing more than 27 train stations, laying many kilometres of new track and making associated rail improvements.
Over the past three years 29 level crossings have been removed, 18 train stations have been built, and construction on three more level crossings has begun.
The initial 50 level crossings earmarked for removal will be gone by 2022 – with the further 25 crossings selected for removal in 2018 to be gone by 2025.
To find out more about our projects and their progress, visit our Projects page.
Caulfield to Dandenong Open Space
The Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project has created 11 MCGs’ worth of open space by the removing nine level crossings. This is one of the biggest releases of urban parkland Melbourne has ever seen.
Works on public open space beneath the elevated rail structure are nearing completion, with new urban parklands expected to officially open by the end of 2018.
Mernda Rail Extension Project
With passenger services starting in August 2018, the Mernda Rail Extension is connecting Melbourne’s north to work, study and entertainment.
Melbourne’s north is one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas. To meet the need for more local transport services, eight kilometres of rail line has been built from South Morang Station to the future Mernda Town Centre.
Three new stations cater for up to 8000 commuters a day, helping to ease congestion along Plenty Road. A new shared walking and cycling path will connect the stations and provide alternative transport options.
Keeping communities informed about construction and consulted on potential local impacts is vital for the delivery of the Level Crossing Removal Project.
There are many opportunities to be informed and involved, including newsletters, advertising, signage, community information sessions and forums and social media. View the progress of each level crossing to be removed.
View opportunities for community involvement by visiting Your Level Crossing.
Stakeholder Liaison Groups
Stakeholder Liaison Groups comprising local businesses, community groups and residents are being established for level crossing removal projects in construction. The groups meet regularly with project teams to provide local community and business feedback, and have an important role to share information within communities.
With so many level crossing removals over eight years, we know there will be short-term construction impacts and inconveniences.
These will include occupations of rail lines and road closures as we go about this important work. Other construction impacts, including noise and dust, are also anticipated.
We will provide as much information as possible to locals and commuters about construction impacts, including detours, bus replacements, alternative parking, traffic management and local impacts.
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