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Caulfield to Dandenong quarterly update - September 2018

19 Sep 2018

We have removed all nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong, opened four new stations are completing work on the 22.5 hectares of open space created as part of the project.

The Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project has not only significantly reduced traffic congestion but also improved safety for road and rail users, allowing for more trains to run on Melbourne’s busiest rail corridor.

Now the focus has turned to completing the station precincts and creating the linear park.

When works are completed later in the year, the community will be reconnected and able to come together at a number of new open spaces created as a result of elevating the rail.

In total, the linear park from Caulfield to Dandenong will create 22.5 hectares of new parklands.

Level crossings removed in 2018:

  • Grange Road, Carnegie
  • Koornang Road, Carnegie
  • Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena
  • Poath Road, Hughesdale
  • Clayton Road, Clayton
  • Centre Road, Clayton
  • Corrigan Road, Noble Park
  • Heatherton Road, Noble Park
  • Chandler Road, Noble Park

Connecting our communities

Works are well under way to construct 22.5 hectares of open space between Caulfield and Dandenong

Work has progressed quickly on the open space with the first section of the shared use path opening between Centre and Corrigan roads.

Gym equipment has been installed in Noble Park and the new playgrounds at Heatherton Road and to the West of Centre Road are also close to completion.

Pooches get ready: two new off-leash dog parks at Clayton and Noble Park have been seeded and will be ready for puppy paws soon!

Local schools celebrated National Tree Day with the project through a donation from 80 oak trees. Seeds from the original oak trees at the Clayton RSL memorial were salvaged by the project in 2016. Approximately twenty of these were replanted into the new RSL memorial in July.

Buskers on Poath

Melbourne’s best busking talent lined Poath Road, Hughesdale – during Buskers on Poath: a winter feast of entertainment held in July and August.

Locals took the Melbourne chill in their stride, popping down to the shopping strip rugged up in scarves and beanies.

Hot meals and drinks from local traders helped them stay warm as the street buzzed with musicians, roving entertainers, and a surprise visit from Santa.

Children were all smiles when meeting the larger than life penguin at the kids’ storybook session held by a 'campfire' with 'snow' falling gently down.

Thanks to Glen Eira City Council, Monash Council and the local Hughesdale trader group for helping support these events.

Many thanks also to the locals who helped make the events a great success and have continued to shop local as works continue.

Got a shopping list? Tick it off locally. The traders really appreciate it!

Donation keeps Yarra Valley Railway project on track

A massive donation of ballast and steel tracks has given fresh momentum to a volunteer endeavour to rebuild and old railway between Healesville and Yarra Glen.

Yarra Valley Railway volunteers can now make tracks towards a long awaited project, using the redundant materials from our project to see a steam train run through the 14-kilometre tourist route – connecting both towns by rail for the first time since 1980.

With more than 500 volunteers, Yarra Valley Railway is Victoria’s largest volunteer infrastructure project in Australia.

While a significant amount has already been achieved, including rebuilding 16 bridges and a full heritage restoration of Yarra Glen Station, building the track is still reliant on the donation of used materials which the project is proud to contribute for such a valued community project.

FINAL FAREWELL FOR NINE LEVEL CROSSINGS

With all nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong now removed, traffic is flowing and trains are running along all sections of the elevated rail!

  • Grange Road, Carnegie
    • Train passing over Grange Road

      The Grange Road level crossing disrupted up to 16,000 vehicles each day, with boom gates down for up to 55 minutes during a busy morning peak.

      Workers holding old level crossing signs on Grange Road

      Works to remove the dangerous level crossing at Grange Road, are complete. The boom gates were removed on 12 June and Grange Road resurfaced.

      New rail over road bridge over Grange Road

      Removing the Grange Road level crossing has improved safety and reduced congestion along Melbourne’s busiest rail corridor.

  • Koornang Road, Carnegie
    • Traffic banked up at level crossing Boom gates were down for up to 87 minutes during the morning peak causing significant delays and frustration for 13,000 motorists daily.

      Boom gates being removed on Koornang Road, Carnegie

      The boom gates were removed on 10 June to the delight of the crowd of cheering locals.

      New rail over road bridge on Koornang Road

      The removal has seen the ease of congestion and safer access to the brand-new Carnegie Station and vibrant shopping district.

  • Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena
    • Traffic back up on Murrumbeena Road

      These boom gates were down for up to 75 minutes during the morning peak and were a big source of frustration for the local community

      Boom gates being removed at Murrumbeena level crossing

      The boom gates were removed forever on 12 June and no longer disrupt up to 15,000 vehicles who use this road daily.

      New Murrumbeena Station

      The removal has seen the community enjoy the brand new Murrumbeena Station and provides easier access to the local traders of Murrumbeena.

  • Poath Road, Hughesdale
    • A single red car waits for the Boom gates

      These boom gates were down for up to 72 minutes during the morning peak causing significant delays for thousands of motorists each day.

      Boom gates being removed at Poath Road level crossing

      Works to remove the Poath Road level crossing are complete. On 11 June, locals cheered as the boom gates were removed forever.

      New Rail over Road bridge at Poath Road

      Alongside the improvement in congestion, the brand-new Hughesdale Station is getting closer to welcoming passengers.

  • Clayton Road, Clayton
    • New rail over road bridge on Clayton Road

      The newly resurfaced road now provides safe and reliable access to a major hospital, university, the brand new Clayton Station and a vibrant retail strip.

  • Centre Road, Clayton
    • Traffic waiting for train to pass at Centre Road

      With boom gates down for 75 minutes during peak periods, these boom gates would disrupt 18,000 motorists each day.

      Rail over road bridge at Centre Road

      Major works to remove the Centre Road level crossing in Clayton are complete. On 3 April, the boom gates were removed forever. Centre Road now provides a smooth and safe route for people travelling through the area. The old tracks have been removed and the road has been resurfaced.

  • Corrigan Road, Noble Park
    • Train passing at the Corrigan Road level crossing

      The boom gates at Corrigan Road would cause significant frustration and delays for motorists, being down for 72 minutes during the morning peak.

      Works occurring over Corrigan Road level crossing
      The dangerous level crossing at Corrigan Road has been removed. The boom gates were gone in January and the old tracks pulled out whilst resurfacing Corrigan Road.

      New rail over Road bridge at Corrigan Road

      By removing the level crossing, motorists are no longer frustrated by boom gate delays and have a safer, quicker journey.

  • Heatherton Road, Noble Park
    • Old signage at Heatherton Road level crossing

      Up to 20,000 motorists who use this road were delayed by boom gates, which were down for up to 73 minutes during the morning peak.

      Boom gate removal at heatherton road

      The boom gates were removed forever on 29 January. The old tracks and ballast were next to go as Heatherton Road was resurfaced.

      New Rail over road bridge at Heatherton Road

      Pedestrians and motorists now enjoy quick and safe access the local shops. The brand-new Noble Park Station is also open for operation, providing commuters with state-of-the-art, modern facilities.

  • Chandler Road, Noble Park
    • Train passing Chandler Road at level crossing

      The boom gates at Chandler Road impacted 15,000 vehicles daily as they were down for 67 minutes in the morning peak.

      Beams being placed across Chandler Road level crossing

      The boom gates on Chandler Road were removed in January. This has seen a significant decrease in travel times while also providing a safer journey.

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