What do you mean by duplicating track?

We’ll be installing around eight kilometres’ worth of new track next to the existing single one. 

Technical investigations indicate that new track will likely be positioned on the western side of the existing rail line. Two small sections of the rail line are already duplicated, including the passing loop at Lynbrook – these will be retained.

What’s happening at Evans Road, Lyndhurst?

Evans Road is the first level crossing being removed as part of the Cranbourne Line Upgrade. Construction and community consultation for this crossing have been fast tracked: thank you to all who participated in a recent survey

What’s happening at Greens Road, Dandenong South?

Greens Road is the next crossing to be removed on the Cranbourne line. Technical investigations have confirmed that the best way to remove the crossing is with a rail bridge over the road.

What is the Planning Scheme Amendment?

The current proposed PSA detailed on this web page will apply to: 

· Duplication of track between Dandenong and Cranbourne, involving the construction of eight kilometres of new track to the western side of existing single track

· Construction of a second rail bridge over Eumemmerring Creek and a second rail bridge over Abbotts Road

· Removal of the level crossing at Greens Road, Dandenong South, by building dual rail bridges over the road

· A complete rebuild of Merinda Park Station

· New signalling, utility service infrastructure and underground cabling required for trains, including

· High-Capacity Metro Trains, to operate on the new, duplicated track. The proposed PSA will apply to land within the rail corridor as well as any adjacent land required for construction, car parking and access to the rail corridor.

Why is Greens Road the only level crossing removal covered by this PSA?

Level crossing removals at Webster Street in Dandenong and Camms Road in Cranbourne will be addressed through separate planning processes. 

A PSA was recently approved for the removal of the level crossing at Evans Road, Lyndhurst.

What will happen if the PSA is approved?

If the PSA is approved, it allows the project to progress without the need for a series of individual planning permits. It would insert an Incorporated Document into the Casey and Greater Dandenong planning schemes, enabling the works to proceed subject to certain conditions that will need to be met.

A draft incorporated document and other project information is available on this web page.

How can a PSA request be submitted when the level crossing removal and station designs are not finalised?

It is common for infrastructure projects to seek and obtain approvals under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 while detailed designs are being finalised. The project scope is sufficiently developed, and the finer detail will be guided by standards, stakeholder requirements, and Urban Design Guidelines.

Why are you seeking submissions?

As part of the Planning Scheme Amendment process, the community and other interested parties have an

opportunity to provide feedback about the project. A summary of submissions and feedback will be provided to the Minister for Planning to inform a final decision regarding approval of the request to amend the Casey and Greater Dandenong planning schemes.

Will this be my only opportunity to provide input on the project?

This will be the only opportunity to provide feedback as part of a formal PSA process (for the specific works outlined). 
Outside the PSA process, there will be further opportunities to provide feedback. For current opportunities, we encourage you to regularly check this page, and register for email updates.

What can submissions be about?

Submissions may outline concerns about, or support for, any aspect of the proposed Planning Scheme

Amendment and/or the project more broadly.

Who can make a submission?

Any interested parties can make a submission. Letters and submission forms have been mailed to residents and landowners who live near the project area. However, anyone with an interest in the project can make an online submission on this page. 

Local councils, VicRoads and Melbourne Water will also be consulted and have the opportunity to provide input on the Planning Scheme Amendment.

How can I provide a submission?

You can provide a submission by completing the survey on this page. Residents closest to the project area will also have received a hard copy form in the mail. Submissions close at 5:00pm on Monday 23 September 2019.

What will this Planning Scheme Amendment facilitate?

The current proposed PSA detailed on this web page will apply to:  

· Duplication of track between Dandenong and Cranbourne, involving the construction of eight kilometres of new track to the western side of existing single track  
· Construction of a second rail bridge over Eumemmerring Creek and a second rail bridge over Abbotts Road  
· Removal of the level crossing at Greens Road, Dandenong South, by building dual rail bridges over the road  
· New signalling, utility service infrastructure and underground cabling required for trains, including High-Capacity Metro Trains, to operate on the new, duplicated track.  
· Future-proofing works for a potential rail spur at Dandenong South.

Where can I find more information?

Information about the project and Planning Scheme Amendment is available at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au or by calling 1800 105 105.