Major construction is well underway on the Cranbourne Line Upgrade, which will see 8km of duplicated track between Cranbourne and Dandenong, a new Merinda Park Station and the last 3 dangerous level crossings on the line gone for good.
The second track between Cranbourne and Dandenong will be complete in early 2022, close to a year ahead of schedule.
Once complete, the second track will mean trains can run every 10 minutes on average in the morning peak for passengers travelling from Cranbourne, Lynbrook and Merinda Park stations.
In addition to the train line duplication, we’re building a brand-new Merinda Park Station in Lyndhurst that is designed to accommodate the duplicated track.
The new station will have two new platforms, more shelter and better layout and will open in early 2022, well ahead of the original 2023 completion date.
We’re also duplicating 2 rail bridges at Abbotts Road and Eumemmerring Creek and removing the last 3 remaining level crossings between Cranbourne and the city, which will see the Cranbourne line completely level crossing free by 2025.
One level crossing removal is now complete:
One level crossing removal is now underway:
Two more level crossings will be removed by 2025:
This project will also deliver a new rail connection for the Port Rail Shuttle Network, allowing freight to be transported by train from Dandenong South through to the Port of Melbourne.
Major works have also begun to untangle the tracks at the junction where the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines merge in Dandenong.
Once complete in 2022, the new parallel tracks will increase reliability, making it easier for trains to run to the timetable.
Along with the Metro Tunnel, the Cranbourne Line Upgrade will make road and rail travel easier, faster and more reliable for Melbourne’s south east, providing better access to jobs, health and education for people in this growth area of Melbourne.
Over the summer period, buses will replace trains at various times across the network as we work to upgrade the Cranbourne line and remove level crossings.
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Current works notices
Cranbourne Station – eastern car park closure
The eastern Cranbourne Station car park will be closed from Monday 8 November to late February 2022.
Greenland Place, Dandenong – road closure
Greenland Place will be closed between Cheltenham Road and Dandenong Station from Tuesday 4 January until Tuesday 15 February.
Dandenong Station – car park closures
Dandenong Station will have car park closures in January and February 2022.
Camms Road, Cranbourne – road closure
Camms Road is closed between Murray Court and Sharpe Street from Tuesday 11 January to Monday 7 February.
Greens Road, Dandenong South – road closure
Greens Road is closed to traffic between Kitchen Road and South Gippsland Highway for works at the level crossing from 7pm to 7am each night on Tuesday 11 January, Thursday 13 January, Friday 14 January, Saturday 15 January and Saturday 22 January.
Foster Street, Dandenong – road closure
Foster Street, Dandenong will be closed between Pickett and Rudduck Streets from Tuesday 11 January until Thursday 27 January.
Cranbourne and Pakenham lines – buses replace trains
Buses replace trains between Westall, Cranbourne and Pakenham stations from 8.30pm Tuesday 11 January to last service Thursday 3 February, from Dandenong and Cranbourne stations from first service Friday 4 February to last service Sunday 6 February, and from Caufield and Westall stations from 8.30pm Monday 7 February to last service Thursday 10 February.
Railway Parade, Dandenong – bicycle lane and on-street car parking closure
The bicycle lane and approximately 50 on-street parking spaces will be closed on Railway Parade between Pickett Street and Bennett Street from Tuesday 11 January to late January.
Endeavour Drive, Cranbourne North – road closure
Endeavour Drive, Cranbourne North closed between Kennedy Court and Gillespie Court from Monday 17 January to Friday 21 January 2022.
Merinda Park Station – pedestrian access changes
The Merinda Park Station pedestrian underpass will be closed intermittently between 6am Monday 17 January to 6pm Friday 21 January 2022.
Publications15 Dec 2021
Works are underway to build a new rail connection to support Victoria’s growing freight industry.14 Dec 2021
Major works to complete the duplication of the Cranbourne Line will take place in January and February 2022.