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Maroondah Highway project update

26 Oct 2018

The Level Crossing Removal Project is the largest project of its kind in Victorian history. Twenty-nine crossings are already gone.

The level crossing at the Maroondah Highway in Lilydale is scheduled for removal between 2019 and 2022.

Work so far has included a ground feature survey in and near the rail corridor.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) will be in your area in 2019 to talk with you about the project, and how you can have your say.

Community feedback will be an important consideration in developing the design for the removal of the Maroondah Highway, Lilydale level crossing.

We will also ask you about what is important in your community and what you would like to see in the area.

The Maroondah Highway level crossing is used by 29,000 vehicles each day and is a major safety hazard for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

Read on to find out more about the process we work through to remove a level crossing.

First steps to level crossing removal

Planning and technical studies help to identify the designs that would work best in each location.

A number of considerations are taken into account, including technical feasibility, minimising disruption, future-proofing the area and creating safe spaces for people to live, work and play.

We will be conducting site and technical investigations to better understand the area. This work will include:

  • Geotechnical investigations: testing water and ground conditions to help inform design development and construction approach.
  • Feature surveys: measuring the topography and ground levels of the area.
  • Utility services assessment: locating where water, sewerage, electricity, gas and telecommunications service pipes are located around the level crossings.
  • Stakeholder meetings: meeting with a range of stakeholders, including local council and other transport agencies, to understand how the project will integrate with future planning for the area and ensure it does not preclude other projects from happening.
  • Heritage assessment: identifying heritage assets in the area and working with Heritage Victoria and other relevant stakeholders to ensure they are managed appropriately.
  • Noise monitoring: measuring existing noise levels along the rail line and surrounding area.

Other considerations include whether property would need to be acquired, the impact on the transport network and the impact on the community, including local traders.

Sign up for our regular e-updates at or you can email LXRA at to ask questions about the Maroondah Highway, Lilydale level crossing removal project.

LXRA project update

The Victorian Government established the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) to oversee the removal of 50 level crossings across Melbourne by 2022.

This work is significantly improving safety for road users and pedestrians.

It is improving travel times and reliability around our city whether you are a public transport user, pedestrian, cyclist or driver.

The authority has also delivered the Mernda Rail Extension, building more than eight kilometres of rail from South Morang to Mernda and three new stations at Hawkstowe, Middle Gorge and Mernda.

So far we've delivered:

  • 29 level crossings already removed, including all nine crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong
  • planning and early works for the removal of a further 21 crossings, including Maroondah Highway, Lilydale
  • 15 new or upgraded stations
  • planning for 11 more stations to be built
  • planning major precinct revitalisations for Carrum and Seaford
  • the Hurstbridge Rail Line Upgrade – Stage 1
  • more than 11 MCG’s worth of open space along the Caulfield to Dandenong rail corridor, to be opened to the public this year.

Did you know

There are four main ways we can remove a level crossing:

  • Raising the rail line over the road on a bridge.
  • Lowering the rail line under the road in a trench.
  • Raising the road above the rail line on a bridge.
  • Lowering the road under the rail line, creating an underpass.

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