The Victorian State Government continues to address congested level crossings across Melbourne, with the announcement of two new rail bridges in Melbourne’s East.
The rail bridge designs for the Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilydale level crossing removals has been revealed.
New elevated stations will be built as part of the crossing removals, with up to 450 new and upgraded car parking spaces to be built at Mooroolbark through the State Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund.
At Lilydale, the station and bus interchange will be relocated to better integrate with the town centre. Walking and cycling connections will be improved between the town centre, new station and the Lilydale-Warburton Trail.
The preferred designs are expected to be up to 18 months quicker to build than lowering the rail line into a trench — meaning less impact on residents, traders and transport users.
Lowering the line would also mean extensive land acquisition, greater loss of trees, the relocation of major underground services and an increased risk of flooding.
The project will be complete in 2022 and will lay the groundwork for further line upgrades, including the duplication of sections of the Lilydale line and a potential new station between Mooroolbark and Lilydale.
Later this month, power upgrades and maintenance will be carried out on the weekend between the end of the AFL season and the start of football finals.
Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, said, “These rail bridges and state of the art stations will transform these communities – reducing congestion, boosting safety and making it easier to get to and from the train.”
“We’re getting on with the work needed to run more services, bigger trains and a better rail network for Victoria.”