The level crossings at Union Road, Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert 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 two 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.
For regular information about the progress of this project, sign up for email updates.
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
Beresford, Montrose and Wilson streets, Surrey Hills – intersection closure
The intersection of Beresford, Montrose and Wilson streets will need to be closed from Wednesday 19 January for nine months.
Surrey Hills Station – car park closures
The Surrey Hills Station northern and southern car parks closed from Monday 31 January 2022 to late 2023.
Union Road and Mont Albert Road – enhanced designs August 2021
Enhanced designs of the new station entrance and Mont Albert heritage plaza.
Publications20 Jan 2022
The Union Road level crossing will be closed each night between 8pm and 6am from Monday 31 January until Friday 4 February 2022.17 Jan 2022
Works on the Union Road, Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert level crossing removal are being carried out with COVIDSafe Plans in place to help protect workers and the community.