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Caulfield to Dandenong Area 1 Community Update – February 2018

01 Feb 2018

Major works are underway to remove dangerous and congested level crossings at Grange, Koornang, Murrumbeena and Poath roads and build brand new stations in Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Hughesdale by the end of this year.

Image: Looking from Carnegie towards Murrumbeena, works are progressing along the new structure

New year begins on a high note

Our construction team launched right back into action in January and installed the project’s final support pier near Poath Road, Hughesdale. More than 300 of these piers have been installed along the rail corridor and are made of locally produced concrete segments, supporting Victorian manufacturing and transport jobs.

Straddle carrier operations are also on the home stretch with more than 100 beams now in place between Caulfield and Hughesdale, and less than 50 left to be installed. Since August last year, this super-sized machinery has been lifting concrete beams weighing up to 400 tonnes and lowering them into place to form a 3.2 kilometre section of the new elevated rail.

Progress building the new stations will continue this month as we begin the installation of the 60 metre canopies at Carnegie and Murrumbeena stations. Meanwhile, the straddle carrier will install beams over Grange and Poath roads.

What’s next for the elevated rail deck?

Last month, preparation for track laying began on the elevated deck. This will continue during February, as we replace a 100-year-old track design.

In Australia, track is typically made up of loose rocks – called ballast, steel rail and wooden or concrete sleepers.

To reduce vibration and noise from the new track, we are installing smooth, continuous rail fixed directly to concrete blocks, called plinths. Vibration dampening rubber pads will also be installed beneath the new tracks.

Image: Ground level buildings at the new Murrumbeena Station

Hughesdale family fun day

Hughesdale was abuzz with a Shop Local community event on Saturday 17 February. With live music, face painting and a petting farm, the family friendly event encouraged participants to grab a bite to eat from local traders.

Support your local traders – shop local!

Upcoming disruptions


  • Buses will replace trains between Caulfield and Dandenong from 8:00pm until last service each night from Sunday 18 February until Thursday 22 February.
  • Buses will replace trains between Caulfield and Westall from 12:30am Saturday 24 February until the last service Sunday 25 February.
  • Buses will replace trains between Caulfield and Dandenong from 8:00pm until last service each night from Tuesday 27 February until Thursday 1 March.


  • Slow lane closures will be intermittently in place at Poath Road level crossing until June 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30am nightly. Two-way traffic will be maintained.
  • While the straddle carrier continues installation of the elevated rail, Poath Road level crossing will be closed between 7:00pm Saturday 17 February and 5:00am Saturday 24 February, dependent on weather. Please detour via Warrigal Road, Kangaroo Road and Murrumbeena Road. Pedestrian access may be impacted during this time.
  • Lane closures of Grange Road, Carnegie level crossing from 11:00pm Friday 23 February to 5:00am Monday 26 February 2018. Two-way traffic will be maintained.
  • Closure of Girdwood Avenue from 11:00pm Friday 23 February to 5am Monday 26 February 2018. Please detour via McPherson Avenue.
  • Lane closures of Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena level crossing from 11:00pm Friday 23 February to 5:00am Monday 26 February 2018. Two-way traffic will be maintained.

Name your new path

Soon you’ll be able to walk, scoot or cycle all the way from Caulfield to Dandenong – or any of the eight suburbs in between – when a new 17 kilometre shared use path is built as part of the level crossing removal project.

Community members are invited to help give the new trail a name by selecting one of the eight that have been shortlisted.

Head online to Open Space to cast a vote for your preferred name. Voting closes on 9 March 2018.

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

January 2018

Completed all foundation works to strengthen the ground

Finished installation of piers

Early to mid 2018

Horizontal spans installed across Grange and Poath roads

Hughesdale Station platform works commence

Commence laying track on elevated rail

Commence installation of rail signals

Mid to late 2018

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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