The level crossings at Maroondah Highway, Lilydale and Manchester Road, Mooroolbark are being removed by building rail bridges over the roads.
Two new elevated stations will be built at Lilydale and Mooroolbark as part of the project. A new multi-deck car park will also be built at Mooroolbark Station, which will contribute to doubling car parking to 900 spaces, making it easier for commuters to find a park.
More than 53,000 vehicles travel through these level crossings each day where the boom gates can be down for up to a quarter of the morning peak. There has been one collision and five near misses across these two sites in the past ten years.
Early works started in May 2020 and major construction is now underway.
In December 2020, we released final designs for the new Lilydale Station and surrounding precinct.
Both level crossings will be gone by late 2021.
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On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Level Crossing Removal Project is removing 85 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne by 2025.
Health and safety
The Maroondah Highway level crossing removal project has been designated a critical state infrastructure project under the latest restrictions. Work is continuing safely with strict COVIDSafe plans in place and we continue to comply with all directions from the Chief Health Officer.
We are managing the number of staff attending our worksites, as well as implementing preventative measures to ensure community safety. Safety measures across the site include temperature screening, additional protective equipment including masks, daily health screening of workers, enhanced cleaning, staggered shifts and break times, and physical distancing. For more information about coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Coronavirus website.
Current works notices
Lilydale Station – car park closures
The western commuter car park at Lilydale Station will close from Monday 28 September 2020 until 2022. Up to 100 car spaces will be closed in the eastern car park from Saturday 10 July to Friday 10 September 2021.
Maroondah Highway, Lilydale – pedestrian crossing closure
The pedestrian crossings over the rail line at Maroondah Highway will be closed until Monday 25 October, with various detours in place.
Lilydale Station closure
Lilydale Station is closed until further notice to allow for the removal of the Maroondah Highway level crossing and the construction of the new station building.
Lilydale line – buses replace trains
While we update construction timelines, buses continue to replace trains between Ringwood and Lilydale until further notice.
William Street, Lilydale – road closure
William Street East and West will be closed from Friday 10 September to Monday 25 October.
Ringwood Station – car parking closures
Train driver facilities will be temporarily relocated to a section of the Ringwood Station car park from Friday 10 September to Sunday 24 October due to the Lilydale Station closure.
Lilydale Station – taxi rank relocation
The taxi rank and 5 accessible parks have been relocated to the service lane (opposite The Professionals) on Maroondah Highway from Friday 10 September to Sunday 24 October.
Lilydale bus delays
Passengers on Bus routes 663, 670, 673, 676, 677, 679, 680, 683, 684, 685 and Telebus 1 should allow an extra 15 minutes travel time due to detours at the Maroondah Highway level crossing from Friday 10 September to Sunday 24 October.
Maroondah Highway and John Street, Lilydale – road closure
Maroondah Highway and John Street, Lilydale, will be closed at the rail line from 9pm Friday 10 September until 6am Monday 1 November. Detours are in place via Cave Hill Road, Beresford Road, Gardiner Street and Anderson Street.
Manchester Road and Maroondah Highway – September 2021
Progress photos of works at Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilydale
Publications13 Oct 2021
Works are continuing safely on Maroondah Highway Level Crossing Removal Project with COVIDSafe plans in place to help protect workers and the community.20 Sep 2021
This works alert provides an overview of our upcoming construction blitz and changes to the way you will travel in September and October.