Work ramps up on final level crossing removals

Work to remove the final four dangerous level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong will soon be completed.

A team of specialist rail workers moved in on 28 May to carry out the last intensive phase of works, hooking up brand new power and signalling, and linking new and old sections of track.

Level crossings at Grange, Koornang, Murrumbeena and Poath roads will all be gone at the end of the works, bringing decades of traffic chaos to an end for those busy thoroughfares.

The end result will see trains running run on a new 3.2km stretch of elevated rail between Caulfield and Hughesdale, following the opening of elevated rail at Noble Park and Clayton earlier this year.

Regular services will resume on Monday 18 June, at which time passengers will be able to catch a train from rebuilt elevated stations at Murrumbeena and Carnegie. For Cranbourne and Pakenham passengers, bus replacements will operate between Caulfield and Westall Stations on weekdays throughout the 19-day blitz.

This massive program of level crossing removals combined with power and signalling upgrades is paving the way for the Andrews Labor Government to deliver more trains more often on Melbourne’s busiest train corridors.

These upgrades are just one part of a phased program working towards a new ‘super corridor’ – with bigger, more frequent trains all the way from Cranbourne and Pakenham through to Sunbury via the Metro Tunnel.

The elevated design for the removal of the crossings has minimised disruption and avoided the nine months of rail line closures that would have been required if the line was lowered into a trench.

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