Manchester Road and Maroondah Highway

Rail bridges are the preferred designs to remove the dangerous and congested 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 preferred 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 preferred designs to remove the dangerous and congested 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 preferred 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.


Q&A

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  • 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 8 days 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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 about 2 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 about 2 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 about 2 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 about 2 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 about 2 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 about 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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.