The 2 dangerous and congested level crossings at Union Road, Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert have been removed by lowering the rail line into a 1.3km trench.
As well as removing the 2 level crossings, we also built a brand-new Union Station.
These level crossings were 2 of Melbourne’s worst – the level crossing at Union Road was the site of a tragic incident in 2016 that resulted in 2 fatalities, with at least 8 near misses since 2005.
The boom gates were down for up to 40% of the morning peak, when up to 61 trains ran through the crossings.
The rail trench design eases congestion and improves safety, allowing for more trains, more often, with an additional 3 services stopping at Union Station during the weekday morning and afternoon peaks.
The new Union Station features brand-new, modern station facilities, including a sheltered waiting room, platform access via lifts and stairs, and new pedestrian and cycling connections.
See the final designs for the new open spaces and landscaping.
View all current disruptions on the dedicated Union Road and Mont Albert Road disruptions page.
The Lilydale Line will be level crossing free by 2025.
For regular information about the progress of this project, sign up for email updates.