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It's elevated rail for the Dandenong corridor level crossing removals

The Victorian Government has announced that it will proceed with an elevated rail solution for grade separating the nine level crossings that currently exist between Caufield and Dandenong stations.

Likewise on Sunday afternoon the Level Crossings Removal Authority website has released a video and provided details on each of the sites where a level crossing will be removed.

The project is set to cost $1.6 billion in total and by elevating the rail lines above the ground level, the media release states 225,000 square metres (22.5 hectares) of new public space will be created in three separate locations between Caulfield and Dandenong.

The winner of the tender is a consortium of CPB Contractors and Lend Lease and construction is set to begin this year and completed in 2018, just in time for the next state election.

The following renders are from the Level Crossing Removal Authority's website, select the title above each image to read about the proposed design.

Grange Road, Carnegie

Grange Road in Carnegie. Image courtesy of www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Koornang Road and Carnegie Station

Koornang Road and Carnegie Station. Image courtesy of www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Murrumbeena Road and Murrumbeena Station

Murrumbeena Road and Murrumbeen Station. Image courtesy of www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Poath Road and Hughesdale Station

Poath Road and Hughesdale Station. Image courtesy of www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Clayton Road and Clayton Station

Clayton Road and Clayton Station. Image courtesy of www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Centre Road, Clayton

Centre Road, Clayton. Image courtesy of www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Corrigan Road, Noble Park

Corrigan Road, Noble Park. Image courtesy of www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Heatherton Road and Noble Park Station

Heatherton Road and Noble Park Station. Image courtesy of www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

Chandler Road, Noble Park

Chandler Road, Noble Park. Image courtesy of www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

More comment and analysis will be published later this week.

9 comments

Les Whyte's picture

If this elevated rail overpass goes ahead and gets built on the Dandenong corridor level crossing, what are they going to do with Springvale Station that has a underpass at Springvale Road.

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Alastair Taylor's picture

Nothing - it was only recently grade separated. Huntingdale, Westall, Sandown Park, and Yarraman stations appear to be left alone (because they're either already grade separated or not near a road which has a level crossing).

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Melbourne_Fragments's picture

shame not to work out how Huntingdale could be elevated with the current bridge perhaps returned to street level, faciliating an easier connection for future Rowville line

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SYmlb's picture

This is a welcome addition and I'm glad to see it happen. There are some comments on other media outlets about this creating more noise and 'dividing' neighbourhoods which makes me laugh, as the rail line is already there to divide them and this would actually create and free up land underneath it.

The new stations are impressive and this is a good step forward for suburban Melbourne. Hopefully the next step is to allow some higher density next to these new stations and allow larger, sustainable population growth in these suburbs rather than just building outwards.

Does anyone know if they are building 2 tracks or 3? I recall discussions about triplicating the track to Dandenong so this would be a good time to do it.

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darked's picture

It seems rather a missed opportunity not to run the it underground. Same lack of disruption during construction but improved public space and quality. I think the noise and visual impacts have been underestimated. Build it like Boston's successful Big Dig.

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Aussie Steve's picture

What concerns me more about this project, is the lack of a 3rd or even a 4th track to allow for express trains and also the VLine trains to run along side and not in competition to the suburban network. If the 3rd or 4th track isn't built, there should be provision made to allow this to happen in the future without having to compromise the proposed works.

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Adam Ford's picture

There will be no third or fourth track as part of this project, however the viaducts are clearly spaced to allow for that in future. My question is whether any of the stations allow for this - you'd only need access for the extra track to premium stations for an Express service. Rebuilding a couple of these off-the-shelf station designs when you added extra track wouldn't be a huge impost.

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theboynoodle's picture

Apparently there's a lot of opposition to this.. yet 'The Age' was scrapping the barrel low enough to print a quote from a woman worried that it would enable peadophiles to watch her children in the swimming pool.

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johnproctor's picture

I think you'll find that their are a small group of people who will be VERY noisy because there houses have views directly of the rail line from their house/backyard.

a small group of people who will be worried but in all likelihood placated by further consultation regarding noise impacts from the proposal.

and a MASSIVE group of people including people within 100m of the raised railway who will be very happy with either the improved traffic flows in the area or the new open spaces and pedestrian and cycling activity within the suburbs or the new infrastructure itself (new stations etc).

Labor will be banking on only losing 1000 votes but gaining 10,000 votes from the wider area.

Similarly those that live adjacent to the railway will likely in time come to accept the development - they will find, as those who live adjacent to elevated rail in Hawthorn, Richmond, Canterbury and Essendon already have that it isn't the end of the world and all really still very liveable.

I did live 65m (just measured on Google) from the tracks in Cremorne with my unit at first floor nicely in line with those tracks. Barely noticed them at all.

I also had a girlfriend who lived about 1km south of Murrumbeena level crossing and sat at those for up to 13 minutes at worst case. The crossings are literally a barrier between the two sides of those suburbs. massive delays for who go ot school on the other side of the track, massive delays for the very high percentage of those suburbs who drive to work in surrounding business areas, massive delays for students trying to access Monash, even Chadstone as location with 5000 employees and 20,000 visitors a day.

It is a no brainer that this will be a massive win for the broader communities who live along the corridor. Please stick to your guns!

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