"08 May 2020
Early construction work has started on the level crossing removal projects at Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilydale.
Works to set up our construction sites at Lilydale and Mooroolbark are now underway, as are preparations for service relocations and some vegetation removal. Temporary fencing will start to be visible around both sites, along with an increase in construction workers.
These early works will continue for several months to pave the way for major construction to begin towards the end of 2020.
From 6 May 2020, a test pile will be constructed in a small section of the western commuter car park at Lilydale Station.
Piling is when we dig vertically into the ground and fill the hole with concrete to create strong foundations for our bridge structures.
The test pile at Lilydale will help our engineers determine how deep the foundations need to be for the new rail bridge over Maroondah Highway. This work will be complete in early June.
From early May until 2022, there will be a temporary closure of the pedestrian and cyclist path behind the Mooroolbark Community Centre, leading to Ellen Road and Croydondale Drive. This location will be used for the construction site offices and as a laydown area for the Manchester Road Level Crossing Removal Project.
New stations will be built at both Mooroolbark and Lilydale as part of the project, as well as a new multi-deck car park at Mooroolbark, which will contribute to doubling commuter parking to 900 spaces.
Both projects will be completed in 2022."