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Sky rail is coming to Melbourne’s outer east after the State Government revealed plans to remove to two more level crossings.
Lilydale and Mooroolbark will get new elevated stations as part of the removal of level crossings on Manchester Rd and Maroondah Highway.
The State Government chose sky rail as its preferred design, stating it will speed up delivery of the project by 18 months.
It also believes sky rail will lead to less land acquisition, lower tree losses and a lower risk of flooding.
The proposed design of the new Lilydale railway station and level crossing. Picture: Kiel EggingMonbulk state Labor MP James Merlino said the Government based it decision on engineering and sky rail was the logical answer.
“People want these level crossings removed, that is number one, and the rail over delivers a fantastic opportunity for additional open space and community use, so the end outcome I think will be stunning,” he said.
As part of the works, Lilydale’s station will be moved closer to shops in the town centre, while a new multi-deck 450-space carpark will be built at Mooroolbark.
The proposed design of the new Mooroolbark station and level crossing. Picture: Kiel EggingLevel Crossing Removal Authority chief executive Kevin Devlin did not say how much the works would cost but they would be put out tender shortly.
Mr Devlin also said elevators were not part of the new station designs but could be added following community consultation sessions.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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