The level crossings at Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert and Union Road, Surrey Hills have been fast-tracked for removal and will be completed 2 years earlier than originally planned.
Early works have started, with major construction to start in 2022 and the boom gates gone for good in 2023.
These level crossings are 2 of Melbourne’s worst – the level crossing at Union Road was the site of a tragic incident in 2016 that resulted in 2 fatalities, and there have been at least 8 near misses at these crossings since 2005.
The boom gates at these sites can be down for up to 40% of the morning peak, when up to 61 trains run through the crossings.
The crossings will be removed by lowering the rail line into an open trench beneath the roads with a new premium station to be built between Surrey Hills and Mont Albert.
The open rail trench design with a new premium station will ease congestion, improve safety, and deliver more frequent services for locals.
Further design enhancements
A new station entrance and Mont Albert heritage plaza will now deliver more open space and better access. Find out more about the two major design enhancements for the new station and station precinct and view the enhancements or additional updated designs in the image gallery.
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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.
Current works notices
Union Road and Mont Albert Road – enhanced designs August 2021
Enhanced designs of the new station entrance and Mont Albert heritage plaza.
Publications20 Sep 2021
Ahead of major works in 2022, we need to remove trees so we can start digging a trench to put the rail line under the road.09 Sep 2021
A contract has been awarded and work to remove the level crossings in Mont Albert and Surrey Hills and build the new station can now get underway.