Rail industry news (Australia, New Zealand)

Major works over winter in Croydon

Work is powering ahead to make the Lilydale Line level crossing free by 2024, a year ahead of schedule.

Works are ramping up to remove the congested level crossing and roundabout by elevating the rail line, building a new Croydon Station and transport hub.

Following major works over the winter, Croydon will be boom gate free by early July 2024 – a year ahead of schedule, and cars will be travelling along the new Kent Avenue to Lacey Street connection.

The new Croydon Station will open to passengers in late July 2024, with finishing works on the new station and transport hub continuing into spring. The new station will have two entrances and forecourts, improved safety and modern facilities.

What is happening

The team will work 24/7 in Croydon from Friday 24 May to early July along the railway line and in adjacent streets while trains are not running.

During this time works will include:

  • decommission and remove the old rail infrastructure
  • install new infrastructure and complete construction of the new elevated rail bridge
  • complete road drainage and signalling works
  • build the new road connections to link Kent Avenue to Lacey Street and Devon Street to Wicklow Avenue.
  • There will be changes to pedestrian access around Croydon. The team will provide further information in advance regarding how users can safely cross the rail line. Traffic management staff will be in place throughout the works to ensure the safety of road users and pedestrians.
  • There will be some moderate construction noise from machinery. There will also be an increase in workers, vehicles and construction equipment.
  • Construction vehicles will access the rail corridor via Coolstore Road, Railway Crescent, the Devon Street site compound, Gallipoli Parade, Wicklow Avenue and Lincoln Road service road.
  • During night works, targeted lighting will be used for work areas with measures in place to prevent light spill.

The site compound and site storage area located between Mount View Street and Devon Street will be used day and night throughout this period.

Buses will replace trains on sections of the Belgrave and Lilydale lines between Blackburn and Belgrave or Lilydale stations from 8.30pm Friday 24 May to early July.