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.


  • The Level Crossing Removal Project is getting on with the job of removing the level crossings at Maroondah Highway, Lilydale and Manchester Road, Mooroolbark.

    A Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG) will be formed for each project (a group for Lilydale and a group for Mooroolbark) to provide community feedback and insights to the project team. Expressions of Interest are invited from local members of these communities who wish to be involved.

    Members will act as a conduit between the project and the community by sharing reliable information with their networks and assisting to raise awareness of the project in the community.

    The Level Crossing Removal Project is getting on with the job of removing the level crossings at Maroondah Highway, Lilydale and Manchester Road, Mooroolbark.

    A Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG) will be formed for each project (a group for Lilydale and a group for Mooroolbark) to provide community feedback and insights to the project team. Expressions of Interest are invited from local members of these communities who wish to be involved.

    Members will act as a conduit between the project and the community by sharing reliable information with their networks and assisting to raise awareness of the project in the community. The groups will meet approximately once every eight weeks on a weekday evening.

    Criteria for membership

    Nominations to join the SLGs are invited from people living or working in close proximity to the project area. The SLG will aim to draw upon a diversity of local voices, such as residents, business owners, community group representatives and local sporting teams.

    All SLG members must be able to:

    • Objectively present the views of the community or organisation they represent, regardless of personal views
    • Provide information relevant to their community interest or area they represent
    • Act as a two-way channel for communication between the community interest they represent and the SLG
    • Be willing to pass on relevant information regardless of their personal views
    • Listen and work cooperatively with others who may hold opposing views
    • Commit time to attend evening meetings approximately every eight weeks.

    SLG members will be selected by a panel comprising the independent SLG Chair and representatives of the Level Crossing Removal Project. If you would like to get involved, please complete the nomination form in the link below.

    If you would like further information about the SLGs, please contact us at contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

    Submissions close 5:00pm Monday 28 October 2019.

    complete nomination form
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Level Crossing Removal Project will soon be seeking approval to amend the Yarra Ranges planning scheme to help facilitate project works.

    Property owners, occupiers and other interested parties are invited to submit formal feedback that forms part of the Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) request to the Minister for Planning.

    Submissions may outline concerns about, or support for, any aspect of the project or the proposed PSA.

    The proposed amendment applies a site-specific planning control via an incorporated document which includes a number of conditions that will need to be met to the satisfaction

    The Level Crossing Removal Project will soon be seeking approval to amend the Yarra Ranges planning scheme to help facilitate project works.

    Property owners, occupiers and other interested parties are invited to submit formal feedback that forms part of the Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) request to the Minister for Planning.

    Submissions may outline concerns about, or support for, any aspect of the project or the proposed PSA.

    The proposed amendment applies a site-specific planning control via an incorporated document which includes a number of conditions that will need to be met to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning.

    The proposed conditions may include considerations relating to local heritage, urban design and environmental management.

    Any approved PSA does not enable any works impacting state heritage listed sites or assets. Any change to a site or asset on the State Heritage Register requires a permit from Heritage Victoria.

    Further information on the project and the associated PSA is available in our FAQs and in the Maroondah Proposed Project Area Map, Incorporated Document and Explanatory Report

    We will use your feedback to understand what is important to the community and what we need to consider as we finalise the PSA request documentation and develop detailed designs. A summary of all submissions and feedback is also provided to the Minister for Planning as part of a formal request for planning approval.

    Completed submission forms can be emailed to contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

    Submissions open on Monday 9 September and close at 5:00pm Monday 7 October 2019.

    Your previous feedback

    If you provided feedback about the project between 6 to 30 Aug 2019, including at two community drop-in sessions on 22 and 24 Aug 2019, it will be considered during the development phase of this project.

    However, if you wish to have that feedback included as part of this PSA process, please contact us directly on 1800 105 105 or contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au with your details, and we will carry your feedback into the PSA submission process.


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Level Crossing Removal Project will soon be seeking approval to amend the Maroondah and Yarra Ranges planning schemes to help facilitate project works.

    Property owners, occupiers and other interested parties are invited to submit formal feedback that forms part of the Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) request to the Minister for Planning.

    Submissions may outline concerns about, or support for, any aspect of the project or the proposed PSA.

    The proposed amendment applies a site-specific planning control via an incorporated document which includes a number of conditions that will need to be met to

    The Level Crossing Removal Project will soon be seeking approval to amend the Maroondah and Yarra Ranges planning schemes to help facilitate project works.

    Property owners, occupiers and other interested parties are invited to submit formal feedback that forms part of the Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) request to the Minister for Planning.

    Submissions may outline concerns about, or support for, any aspect of the project or the proposed PSA.

    The proposed amendment applies a site-specific planning control via an incorporated document which includes a number of conditions that will need to be met to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning.

    The proposed conditions may include considerations relating to local heritage, urban design and environmental management.

    Further information on the project and the associated PSA is available in our FAQs and in the Manchester Proposed Project Area Map, Incorporated Document and Explanatory Report

    We will use your feedback to understand what is important to the community and what we need to consider as we finalise the PSA request documentation and develop detailed designs. A summary of all submissions and feedback is also provided to the Minister for Planning as part of a formal request for planning approval.

    Completed submission forms can be emailed to contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

    Submissions open on Monday 9 September and close at 5:00pm Monday 7 October 2019.

    Your previous feedback

    If you provided feedback about the project between 6 to 30 Aug 2019, including at two community drop-in sessions on 22 and 24 Aug 2019, it will be considered during the development phase of this project.

    However, if you wish to have that feedback included as part of this PSA process, please contact us directly on 1800 105 105 or contact@levelcrossings.vic.gov.au with your details, and we will carry your feedback into the PSA submission process.

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  • The level crossings at Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilyldale are set for removal by 2022, with works beginning in 2020.

    As part of our planning work, we want to hear from traders about how you and your customers access the area, how customers get to you, and how we could mitigate construction impacts to your business.

    Feedback is now open and closes 5:00pm Friday 11 October.

    The level crossings at Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilyldale are set for removal by 2022, with works beginning in 2020.

    As part of our planning work, we want to hear from traders about how you and your customers access the area, how customers get to you, and how we could mitigate construction impacts to your business.

    Feedback is now open and closes 5:00pm Friday 11 October.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The project team is seeking feedback from the community on what you value about the area and how you move around it. 

    Your feedback will be considered as the project team develops detailed designs.

    This survey closes Friday 30 August 2019.

    The project team is seeking feedback from the community on what you value about the area and how you move around it. 

    Your feedback will be considered as the project team develops detailed designs.

    This survey closes Friday 30 August 2019.

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