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Caulfield to Dandenong Area 1 Community Update – April 2018

01 Apr 2018

All spans installed!

Major works are underway to remove dangerous level crossings at Grange, Koornang, Murrumbeena and Poath roads and build brand new stations in Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Hughesdale.

The project team has been working around the clock to install the final spans – concrete beams – over the level crossing at Poath Road in Hughesdale. This was shortly followed by the completion of all spans between Caulfield and Hughesdale.

Now that we have completed installing the spans, we will be bidding farewell to the gantry cranes and straddle carrier. You may have noticed two temporary white towers constructed to support the gantry legs while the cranes are being dismantled. After the towers are constructed, a 350-tonne crane will lift the gantry pieces into the assembly yard, where they will be loaded onto a truck and taken away.

The straddle carrier is being disassembled at Murrumbeena. Most of the disassembly will be carried out at ground level where it will be split into three sections and put into storage.

Work is also continuing on the new stations at Murrumbeena and Carnegie. The station canopy at Murrumbeena is more than 50 per cent complete, and work has begun on the canopy in Carnegie.

Station work also continues at Hughesdale, where our project team are installing the hollow core planks for the new Hughesdale Station platform.

Image: Hughesdale locals gathered to watch the last span installed over Poath Road

Upcoming disruptions

Thank you for your patience as we continue works. The sooner we get this done, the sooner you will be on your way. Please make sure you plan your journey in advance by using the PTV journey planner.


Buses will replace trains on sections of the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines at different times in late April.

For journey planning and service information, visit or call 1800 800 007.


Poath Road, Hughesdale

There will be closures at the level crossing from 9:00pm to 6:00am at various times in late April, as well as intermittent slow lane closures until June 2018.

Neerim Road, Murrumbeena

To maintain safety while trucks are entering and exiting the construction area there will be traffic management in place until late May. Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times.

All dates and times are subject to change.

For further information and updates about traffic changes, visit or call 1800 105 105.

Project timeline


October 2016

Foundation works to strengthen the ground commenced

January 2017

First pier installed between Carnegie and Hughesdale

Gantry crane arrives

February 2017

Assembly of two gantry cranes

May 2017

First horizontal span installed by the gantry cranes

June 2017

Platform works commenced

July 2017

Straddle carrier arrives to site and is assembled

Assembly of two 94-metre support beams

August 2017

Straddle carrier commenced operation

September 2017

Horizontal spans installed across Murrumbeena Road

October 2017

Hughesdale Station demolished

November to December 2017

100 horizontal spans installed, including across Koornang Road

Carnegie platform works commenced

Early to mid-2018

All foundation works to strengthen the ground complete

All piers installed

Horizontal spans installed across Grange and Poath roads

Hughesdale Station Platform works commence

Commence laying elevated track

Rail signal installation

Mid to late 2018

Grange, Koornang, Murrumbeena and Poath Road level crossings removed

Track and signalling complete

Open space landscaping complete

New stations open at Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Hughesdale

Bicycle and pedestrian path complete

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