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Evans Road, Lyndhurst community update - March 2019

15 Mar 2019

New road bridge getting underway

We’re getting on with the job of removing the level crossing at Evans Road, one of the last remaining level crossings along the Cranbourne line, with a road bridge design announced by the Victorian Government.

Eleven level crossings on the Cranbourne line have already been removed, with four more to be removed by 2025. This will make the Cranbourne line free of level crossings, and the planned duplication of the rail line will allow services to run every 10 minutes.

Evans Road is the first of these four remaining crossings to be removed. The road has been closed at the level crossing since 2005, due to safety concerns. Despite this, there are reported instances of road users taking huge risks to access the other side of the rail line.

With upgrades to Hallam Road and South Gippsland Highway also underway, these projects will improve safety and traffic flow, slashing travel times for tens of thousands of people who rely on these roads every day.

The project will also restore a vital connection for the local community, giving drivers, pedestrians and cyclists easier access to facilities and services on either side of the rail line, and will create hundreds of jobs during construction.

Evans Road aerial shot - artist impression

Early concept design - subject to change

Benefits of removing the level crossing

  • A more reliable road network
  • Improving safety for pedestrians and road users
  • Restoring local connections and slashing travel times
  • Creating hundreds of jobs
  • Allows for future transport upgrades

How will the level crossing be removed?

Raising the road over the rail line

Every level crossing has unique characteristics which help determine the most suitable way to remove it. Site investigations have identified a road bridge design for this location.

Using a road over rail design will provide significant benefits to the community, including restoring local connections and access to important services, such as shops and schools.

As part of planning works, we are looking at opportunities to enhance urban design, create new pedestrian and cycling connections and reduce disruption to road and rail users during our works.

The road will be constructed with one lane in each direction, ensuring that provisions are made for a possible future duplication. The road bridge will also include a separated pedestrian and cycling path.

Why a road bridge is the best design for Evans Road

Throughout the design and development of the Evans Road Level Crossing Removal Project we looked at a range of benefits to the local community and wider transport networks. A road bridge allows for:

  • Minimal disruption – other design options would have resulted in a longer construction time, up to a year longer in some cases with more rail and road disruptions. A road bridge will minimise short-term impacts to the local community and commuters during the construction period.
  • Future infrastructure improvements – a road bridge will ensure upgrades to nearby roads and the Cranbourne line duplication are accommodated for without major disruption or reconstruction.
  • Restore local connections – with the level crossing removed, vital connections for the local community are created, allowing road users, pedestrians and cyclists easier access to facilities and services on either side of the rail line.
  • Urban design improvements – the road bridge provides the opportunity to enhance the local area through community input into design elements of the road bridge structure and landscaping around the site.

By reopening Evans Road, locals will be saving approximately 12 minutes for a round trip from Thompsons Road to South Gippsland Highway.

Share your feedback on early concept designs

We want the community to help shape the look and feel of the design by getting involved at community pop-ups in March 2019. Join us in person or online to learn more about the project and share your thoughts.

Following our discussions with the community, we will consider your feedback and provide further updates in mid-2019.


Head to our online engagement hub to view the design and complete a feedback form. Feedback opens on 14 March 2019 and closes at 5:00 pm on Sunday 14 April 2019.


We will be hosting pop-ups in the local area throughout March to hear your views. Check out our events page for further details.

To keep up to date with the project, visit the Evans Road, Lyndhurst page.

Upgrading key transport networks in Lyndhurst

Evans Road map

Hallam Road upgrades

Project benefits

  • Extra lane in each direction from Ormond Road to South Gippsland Highway
  • New traffic lights
  • New cycling and walking paths
  • Improved traffic flow and safety
  • New bus stops on Hallam Road (future proofing)
  • New bus queue jump lane on South Gippsland Highway
  • Upgrade bus stops on South Gippsland Highway
  • Completion in early 2020

Thompsons Road upgrade

Project benefits

  • Duplicating Thompsons Road between Dandenong-Frankston Road and Berwick-Cranbourne Road, with at least two traffic lanes in each direction
  • Replacing the roundabout at Dandenong-Frankston Road with traffic lights
  • Replacing the roundabout at Western Port Highway with traffic lights
  • Replacing the roundabout at McCormicks Road with traffic lights
  • Building up to 10.7kms of shared walking and cycling paths
  • Completion in mid 2019

Project timeline

Late 2018-Jan 2019
  • Planning and technical investigations
  • Initial planning
  • Site investigations and design assessments
Early to mid-2019
  • Community engagement
  • Design solution confirmed
  • Engage on key aspects of the design
Mid-late 2019
  • Contract award and early works
  • Finalise design
  • Award contract to a construction delivery partner
  • Construction commences
  • Delivery
  • Construction completed

Early concept design - subject to change

Early concept design - subject to change

Who we are

The Level Crossing Removal Project was established in 2015 by the Victorian Government to remove 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across metropolitan Melbourne by 2022.

In 2018, the Victorian Government committed to removing a further 25 level crossings by 2025. We have removed 29 level crossings to date with a program of removals set for the next six years.

Removing the 75 level crossings will deliver:

  • More reliable roads and rail – traffic congestion will be reduced, and more trains will be able to run more often.
  • Improved safety – crossing the railway tracks will be much safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
  • More opportunities – removing level crossings will enhance and create vibrant areas for retail and residential development.

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