Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project design
19 Oct 2016
The Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project is getting rid of nine dangerous and congested level crossings by using an elevated rail design.
The finalised designs were released at the beginning of 2017 and all nine crossings will be gone by the end of 2018.
The $1.6 billion project also includes five new stations to be built at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park, and upgraded signalling and power along the corridor.
The innovative design centres on three sections of modern elevated rail, which will create 22.5 hectares – the equivalent of 11 MCGs – of community open space.
The elevated structure design has been guided by urban design principles. For more information view the urban design factsheet.
The structure will safely carry both Metro passenger trains and diesel freight trains. Just as passenger and freight trains share tracks currently, they will continue to share tracks in the elevated design.
Community feedback has shaped many important changes to original designs for stations and the elevated rail. Find more detail in the Consultation Outcomes and Submissions Report.
An elevated rail design delivers:
- An overall reduction in noise throughout the rail corridor and surrounding area
- An overall improvement in local air quality compared to pollutants generated by current rail operations. View a copy of the Air Quality Assessment Report
- Slim line piers to minimise the impact on visual amenity and overshadowing
- Dual independent elevated track to allow sunlight and rain to reach trees, gardens, playgrounds, and community facilities underneath
- Barriers along the length of the elevated rail structure to protect against derailment and reduce noise generated from train wheels
- The space between piers has been maximised to reduce the visible bulk of the structure. Spans will be around 40 metres in length along the corridor and 27 metres at the stations.
Residents directly abutting the rail corridor have been provided with measurements of the rail design in relation to their property.
More details on the designs for stations and various aspects of the elevated rail can be found here: