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History for VIC’s Level Crossing Removal Project

First train running on new Croydon rail bridge

The Lilydale Line is the first rail line to be boom gate free in Melbourne, with the final two dangerous level crossings now gone a year ahead of schedule.

Since 2017, the Level Crossing Removal Project has removed nine level crossings and built six new stations along the Lilydale Line, which together with the Belgrave Line, is Melbourne’s second busiest rail line on the network, used by more than 72,000 passengers each weekday.

Lilydale Line trains have resumed running following a 6 week construction blitz to remove level crossings at Dublin Road, Ringwood East and Coolstore Road, Croydon. The new Ringwood East Station is also now open, with the new premium Croydon Station set to open to passengers later this month.


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Separating trains and vehicles along the busy rail line has also made the road and rail network safer for all users.

Cars pass underneath the Croydon rail bridge
Cars pass underneath the Croydon rail bridge. Image courtesy of the Victorian Government.

Level crossings removed from the Lilydale Line include Blackburn Road, Blackburn; Heatherdale Road, Ringwood; Manchester Road, Mooroolbark; Maroondah Highway, Lilydale; Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert; Union Road, Surrey Hills; Cave Hill Road, Lilydale; Coolstore Road, Croydon; and Dublin Road, Ringwood East.

The Cranbourne, Pakenham and Sunbury lines will be Melbourne’s next rail lines to be boom gate free next year, followed by the Frankston Line in 2029 and the Werribee Line in 2030.

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