Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project

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Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project
aspect-vic-dec-post-1   Melbourne’s busiest rail line is set for transformation with the $1.6 billion Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project. ASPECT’s Melbourne Studio is collaborating with multidisciplinary partners to complete the overall bid proposal of an elevated rail solution for this corridor, which will result in the creation of a whole new public realm.   The design for the removal of nine level crossings along the rail corridor opens up space for a public realm that was previously unavailable and provides more opportunities for community use under the rail line. The elevation creates more than 11 football fields (225,000 m2/22.5 ha) of open space, parklands and new community areas, as well as 17 km of pedestrian and cyclist paths.   The project will include the creation of town squares, activational nodes and diverse public spaces. Tree planting will bring to life a new urban parkland and the elevated rail also allows for the retention of mature trees, which are home to local bird and wildlife species.   aspect-vic-caulfield-to-dandenong-level-crossing-post-2   The proposal’s success relied upon an integrated process. No discipline could work in isolation from another and members of ASPECT’s team moved to an office with the broader project team in order to work seamlessly. We believe this approach, combined with a genuine commitment to stakeholder engagement, was key to the success of the overall design proposal, which will allow for the creation of vital new public spaces.     Images supplied by the Level Crossing Removal Authority