Case Study: Level Crossing Removal Project, Melbourne

Images by ASPECT Studios, Peter Bennetts and Dianna Snape, Level Crossing Removal Project people playing ping pong on orange outdoor table tennis tables under a railway line in Melbourne Australia , a lady walks past on a walking frame watching the child playing.

“Aspect saw connecting communities across rail corridors, extending green space and providing public facilities as key to unlocking wider local benefits.” (Foreground)

Melbourne’s busiest rail line from Caulfield to Dandenong has undergone a regenerative urban transformation led by Aspect Studio and Cox Architecture. The Level Crossing Removal Project ambitiously sought to elevate the rail line removing nine level crossings and freeing up 22.5 hectares of open space below. You know the High Line in New York? This is Australia’s downunder version (nailed it), the Under Line.

A pink HERO outdoor ping pong table sits under a raised railway line next to fitness equipment and a park bench. A mother and daughter sit on the bench in the new park space that has a blue and pink theme.

Alongside open space, parklands and new community areas there are 17km of pedestrian and cycle paths – separating trains and road traffic to relieve congestion and create better commuting connections.

As a result of the elevations, five new ‘stations’ have created renewed village centres – three of which feature our HERO (nee Flagship) outdoor ping pong tables. You can find six HERO tables in total along the line at Carnegie, Noble Park and Clayton – each outdoor ping pong hub is partnered with other community facilities and other amenities include playgrounds, seating, fitness equipment, basketball courts, picnic and other recreation elements.

Under a railway line in Melbourne a game of table tennis is being played on two yellow steel ping pong tables, next to a rock climbing wall and fitness equipment.

Sight specific colours and artwork – on the six HERO outdoor ping pong tables incorporated into the spaces – were designed by the landscape architects (Aspect Studios) to ensure a seamless fit for each individually designed location. Collectively, the tables have helped bring life, colour and better yet – lots of active, local community members – into the new hubs.

A yellow outdoor ping pong table is painted to match the surroundings, with geometric white lines. The ping pong table sits underneath a raised railway line in Melbourne, Australia.

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