As work gathers pace to remove every single level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong, plans for 11 MCG’s worth of new open space have been unveiled to create new vibrant precincts in the south east of Melbourne.
Raising parts of the Cranbourne/Pakenham line will not only get rid of nine dangerous and congested level crossings, but open up land soon to be transformed into parks, paths, play areas and a 17-kilometre walking and cycling trail stretching all the way from Caulfield to Eastlink.
Across the open space will be recreation facilities for all ages including seniors’, multi-purpose sports courts, rock climbing and skate elements. Dog owners will have access to two fenced dog parks in Clayton and Noble Park addressing a lack of off-leash facilities in Melbourne’s south east.
More than 430 additional car spaces will also be built to ease parking pressures for commuters, including an extra 100 for the fast-growing suburb of Noble Park.
More than 4000 trees will be planted, including hundreds donated to local councils or groups – primarily gums, eucalypts and other natives known to attract birdlife.
The plans released today, come after extensive consultation from a Community Open Space Expert Panel, chaired by the Royal Botanical Gardens, Tim Entwisle who received over 850 surveys and spoke to over 2000 community members.
Work on the open space will commence next year.
To view the open space designs, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/openspace
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“By removing the most dangerous and congested level crossings we are making our communities safer – and by providing more open space we’re making them a better place to live.”
“This area of Melbourne has the smallest amount of parkland in Victoria – we’re providing more space for locals and families to come together, exercise and play.”
“Some of Melbourne’s most vibrant precincts are located around elevated rail and this open space will help invigorate shopping and hospitality along the corridor.”