Manchester Road and Maroondah Highway

Rail bridges are the confirmed designs to remove the level crossings at Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilydale.

Both level crossings clog streets and put lives at risk, with 13 crashes in the past decade, one of them fatal. More than 53,000 vehicles use the crossings each day, where the boom gates can be down for up to a quarter of the morning peak.

New elevated stations will be built as part of the crossing removals, with up to 450 new and upgraded car parking spaces to be built at Mooroolbark through the Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund.

At Lilydale, the station and bus interchange will be relocated to better integrate with the town centre. Walking and cycling connections will be improved between the town centre, new station and the Lilydale–Warburton Trail.

The rail bridge designs are up to 18 months quicker to build than lowering the rail line into a trench – meaning less impact on residents, traders and transport users. Other designs would also mean extensive land acquisition, greater loss of trees, the relocation of major underground services and an increased risk of flooding.

The project will be complete in 2022 and will lay the groundwork for further line upgrades, including the duplication of sections of the Lilydale line and a potential new station between Mooroolbark and Lilydale.

For more information on the projects, visit the Maroondah Highway level crossing removal page and the Manchester Road level crossing removal page.

To keep up to date with the progress, please sign up for email updates.


Rail bridges are the confirmed designs to remove the level crossings at Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilydale.

Both level crossings clog streets and put lives at risk, with 13 crashes in the past decade, one of them fatal. More than 53,000 vehicles use the crossings each day, where the boom gates can be down for up to a quarter of the morning peak.

New elevated stations will be built as part of the crossing removals, with up to 450 new and upgraded car parking spaces to be built at Mooroolbark through the Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund.

At Lilydale, the station and bus interchange will be relocated to better integrate with the town centre. Walking and cycling connections will be improved between the town centre, new station and the Lilydale–Warburton Trail.

The rail bridge designs are up to 18 months quicker to build than lowering the rail line into a trench – meaning less impact on residents, traders and transport users. Other designs would also mean extensive land acquisition, greater loss of trees, the relocation of major underground services and an increased risk of flooding.

The project will be complete in 2022 and will lay the groundwork for further line upgrades, including the duplication of sections of the Lilydale line and a potential new station between Mooroolbark and Lilydale.

For more information on the projects, visit the Maroondah Highway level crossing removal page and the Manchester Road level crossing removal page.

To keep up to date with the progress, please sign up for email updates.


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  • What is happening to the Melba Ave Lilydale level crossing in the Lilydale & Mooroolbark upgrade works

    Gary Hocking asked 4 days ago

    Hi Gary, thanks for your query.

    We've been tasked with removing 75 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne by 2025. Unfortunately, the Melba Ave level crossing isn't nominated for removal and while we'd love to remove all of the level crossings around Melbourne, we need to focus on the 75 we're removing.

    A number of factors are considered when assessing level crossings for removal, including safety, congestion, how level crossings divide communities and restrict access to local facilities and the efficiency in removing level crossings together.

    However, the Maroondah Hwy level crossing removal and new Lilydale station will be built in a way which will not prevent future improvements to the line, including the removal of the Melba Ave crossing.

  • Hi team, There doesn't appear to be any specific mentioning of the pedestrian bridge that crosses Brushy creek, approximately at the end of Aintree St Mooroolbark. It is currently not in a great state, with timber planks starting to wear away and not suitable for wheel chairs. There is a very high percentage of commuters that use this bridge, both on week days and weekends. It is also a link for residents to Brice avenue. Can this be upgraded as part of the station upgrade works as its long over due for repair. Thanks, Mark.

    markacross asked 18 days ago

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for your feedback. 

    While we will be improving pedestrian and cycling connections around the future Mooroolbark station precinct, the footbridge you've mentioned is currently not within our scope of work. We'd recommend contacting the local council regarding its maintenance.

  • Will the elevated sky rail track to the West of Manchester Road overlook the backyards of the houses on the South side of Diane Crescent? Or will the elevation start close to the Brushy Creek Trail foot bridge?

    Trainspotter asked 23 days ago

    Hi there, thanks for your questions.

    At this stage, the rail bridge will be at approximately the same height as it is now, where Felix Grove meets Sherlock Ave. This is less than 100 metres from the Brushy Creek Trail foot bridge. 

    As we go through a more detailed design process, we will be able to share more information early next year.

  • Are you planning to make provisions to duplicate the track?

    HugoPringle02 asked 25 days ago

    Hi Hugo, while duplicating the rail track is not part of the level crossing removal project, the plans lay the ground work for future line upgrades, including the duplication of sections of the Lilydale line and a potential new station between Mooroolbark and Lilydale.

  • HI my name is Rocky Mammoliti, does my wife need to register also, o r can she take my place if lam not available.

    Rock asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Rocky, would you be able to clarify what registration you are referring to? Thanks. 

  • Hi this is Rocky Mammoliti, given that there is no scope for track duplicaton. Would be welcoming to railcommuters if that can be reversed. By not building the multiteared car park. Therefore creating scope to build the dual track. It's a real possibility.! Not only removing the crossing , but increasing train efficiency. A WIN for commuters.!

    Rock asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Rocky, thanks for your feedback.

    Duplicating the rail track is not part of the Manchester Road level crossing removal project at Mooroolbark. 

    However, the removal of the Manchester Road and Maroondah Highway level crossings will lay the groundwork for further line upgrades, including the duplication of sections of the Lilydale line and a potential new station between Mooroolbark and Lilydale. 

    Also, up to 450 new and upgraded car parking spaces will be built at Mooroolbark through the Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund. 

     We encourage you to sign up for our regular project updates at https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe

  • I live in Hull Road near Mooroolbark Rd. If track is duplicated what will it mean to us residents. Will we lose land

    Caz asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Caz, thanks for getting in touch.

    Duplicating the rail track is not part of the Manchester Road level crossing removal project at Mooroolbark. 

    However, the removal of the Manchester Road and Maroondah Highway level crossings will lay the groundwork for further line upgrades, including the duplication of sections of the Lilydale line and a potential new station between Mooroolbark and Lilydale. 

    We'd encourage you to sign up for our regular project updates at https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe

  • Question 1/ Rail Track duplication? Question 2/ While the Lilydale project is underway, will it include the removal of the crossing at Cavehill Rd/ Melba Ave? It is only a short distance from the Maroondah Hwy Project. Question 3/ The Mooroolbark Project removes the crossing at Manchester Road while a short distance away is the Mooroolbark Rd/ Hull Rd / Railway bridge intersection - the bridge looks like it was built when both these roads were country lanes, they are now both very busy roads with that intersection a major bottle neck - Can the project include the redevelopment of this intersection? I was referred to both the Minister and my Local Member of Parliament by the Crossing Removal Authority which I have since contacted - But I think these issues need to be brought up to commentary on then hopefully these matters can be rectified.

    adcmelb asked about 2 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your questions. 

    With regards to the areas you've raised, they are not within the current scope of the project. 

    However, the removal of the Manchester Road and Maroondah Highway level crossings will lay the groundwork for further line upgrades, including the duplication of sections of the Lilydale line and a potential new station between Mooroolbark and Lilydale. 

    We would encourage you to sign up for our regular project updates at https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe

  • Hi. Is the new station expected to include a bike storage cage? Can an elevated bike/pedestrian crossing (suspended under rail) across Manchester Road be considered in the design (and other rail over road projects elsewhere)? Does the design include vehicle access to the carpark from both Manchester Road and Brice Avenue?

    WayneB asked about 2 months ago

    Hi Wayne,

    Thanks for your question. It's expected that bicycle storage or Parkiteer-style lockers will be available at the new Mooroolbark Station. As for pedestrian or cycling crossings and access for the new car park, those design details are still being worked through and can't be confirmed yet. 

    We'd encourage you to sign up for our e-updates at https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe.

  • Will this Q&A be open and available throughout the entire life of the project to remove the level crossings? I see many questions can not be asked until a more detailed design is ready, and I am sure additional questions will arise during the construction period.

    ksweeker asked 3 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question. 

    There will be further opportunities for the community to provide us with feedback, when we are able to provide more detailed project designs. 

    However, you can contact the project team at any time during the life of the project on 1800 105 105 or via contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. We're always available to answer questions as the project progresses.

  • Does the design of the new stations and this upgrade work include duplication of the train tracks between Lilydale and Mooroolbark or cater for the possible duplication of the train track in the future? I'm sick of missing connecting buses at Lilydale because my train sat at Mooroolbark waiting for a Lilydale train to come through

    TrishB asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your questions, Trish. 

    The duplication is not part of the current project scope. However, these level crossing removal works are the first part of upgrades on the Belgrave and Lilydale line, paving the way for more services to run in the future, whilst reducing congestion for 29,000 drivers who use the road every day. 

    This will lay the ground work for further line upgrades, including the duplication of sections of the Lilydale line and a potential new station between Mooroolbark and Lilydale.

  • Will the designs for both Mooroolbark and Lilydale stations include 1. quick access to the bus departures so we don't miss buses? 2. Access to toilets in the new station area? 3. Plenty of seating ?and 4. more than 1 lift?

    TrishB asked 3 months ago

    Hi Trish, 

    Thanks for your question. The station will have improved access to the bus stops, toilets, seating and two lifts.

  • What strategy will the design include to limit the impact of graffiti on these structures?

    Martin VanDerMerwe asked 4 months ago

    Hi Martin, thanks for your question. 

    We are still in the early planning phase for this project, Specific design details, such as anti-graffiti treatments, are still being worked on.

  • Will the rail bridge over Mooroolbark road, that currently can only accommodate one car underpass also be included in the project to ease congestion on Mooroolbark and Hull roads?

    Martin VanDerMerwe asked 4 months ago

    Hi Martin, thanks for your question. 

    We are still in the early planning phase for this project and limits may change. However, at this stage the bridge over Mooroolbark Road is outside the project area.

  • Where does the elevation of the Sky Rail track start from on the west side to Mooroolbark station and what distance in meters please.

    Wayne Mills asked 4 months ago

    Hi Wayne, thanks for your question. We're still in the planning phases of the project. Details such as the length and height of the structure will be determined in the detailed design phase. We suggest signing up for project updates at https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe


  • Hi there, Just wondering who the contractor is for these works? Thanks

    CB12 asked 4 months ago

    Hi there, thanks for your question. 

    We're still in the planning phases of the project and have no contractor on board yet. We'd suggest signing up for our updates https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe to stay up to date with the project. 

  • Can you tell me if Brice Ave will remain open during the removal of the Manchester Road crossing. And how long do you anticipate the closure to Manchester road will be?

    Kerri Grassby asked 4 months ago

    Hi Kerri, thanks for your question. 

    We are still in the early planning stages for this project, and are working through the details with the engineering teams. 

    Rest assured, we will definitely update the community before we close any roads.

  • Why aren't you duplicating the line between Lilydale and Mooroolbark at the same time as the grade separation project? The single line is the actual bottleneck stopping increases in train service frequency on the Lilydale line, not the boom barriers at Maroondah Hwy and Manchester Rd.

    WillF asked 4 months ago

    Hi Will, 

    Thanks for your question. 

    These level crossing removal works are the first part of upgrades on the Belgrave and Lilydale line, paving the way to get people home sooner and safer, and for more services to run in the future. This will lay the ground work for further line upgrades, including the duplication of sections of the Lilydale line and a potential new station between Mooroolbark and Lilydale.

  • Will Lilydale & Mooroolbark stations be closed during the construction period ?

    Phil Armstrong asked 4 months ago

    These level crossing removal works are the first part of upgrades on the Belgrave and Lilydale line, paving the way to get people home sooner and safer, and for more services to run in the future. This will lay the ground work for further line upgrades, including the duplication of sections of the Lilydale line and a potential new station between Mooroolbark and Lilydale.

  • What accomodation will there be for all of the commuters that currently use Lilydale and Mooroolbark stations that will going to Croydon station to park instead?

    ksweeker asked 4 months ago

    There will be a period of disruption to train services as we remove these dangerous and congested level crossings. As we work through the planning, detailed design and construction staging, we will have a better idea of when these disruptions will occur and we will provide ample notice to everyone.

  • Can I please have a more detailed design of the preferred design.

    ksweeker asked 4 months ago

    We aren't able to share design details yet, as the project is still in a planning and development phase. You may like to attend one of our upcoming events to find out more and we suggest subscribing to our e-updates: https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe to keep in the loop.

  • How long will Mooroolbark and Lilydale train stations be closed?

    ksweeker asked 4 months ago

    There will be a period of disruption to train services as we remove these dangerous and congested level crossings. As we work through the planning, detailed design and construction staging, we will have a better idea of when these disruptions will occur and we will provide ample notice to everyone.

  • Does Mooroolbark car park exit onto Brice avenue and allow left turn towards Coles?

    ksweeker asked 4 months ago

    The project is still in a planning and development phase therefore we don't have details on car park exits and entrances as yet. You can provide feedback via our online engagement hub or attend one of our upcoming events.

    You may also like to subscribe to our e-updates: https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe to keep in the loop.

  • Will entire length of Mooroolbark platforms be protected from rain and wind?

    ksweeker asked 4 months ago

    As the project moves through the planning and design phase, the community will have the opportunity to input into design elements. This can include urban landscaping and station design. You can provide feedback via our online engagement hub: https://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/manchester-and-maroondah or attend one of our upcoming events https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/events/manchester-road-and-maroondah-highway-community-drop-in-sessions

  • Why aren't motorists paying for the privilege to park their cars next to the station, and the taxpayer has to pay for this cost instead?

    gregorywhite asked 4 months ago

    Hi Gregory, the preferred design to remove the Manchester Road level crossing at Mooroolbark includes a new multi-deck car park with up to 450 new and upgraded spaces as part of the Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund. There are no current plans to charge for parking.