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#102

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/removing-every-level-crossing-from-caulfie...

Removing Every Level Crossing From Caulfield To Dandenong

28 August 2016

Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

Major construction to remove nine dangerous and congested level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong will commence this week.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos announced that piling works to lay the foundations would commence this week, along with work at Murrumbeena and Carnegie stations.

The first of two massive piling rigs has already been delivered to site at Murrumbeena Station, each weigh 140 tonnes.

Over the coming months, the piling rigs – with masts up to 30 metres tall – will install more than 1000 piles in the ground along the rail corridor in preparation for the arrival of the gantry cranes later this year.

Later this year the project’s gantry cranes will take shape to install 2,500 locally-manufactured segments of the new modern elevated line by moving back and forth in the air. This will allow for less disruption to commuters with trains being able to keep running underneath.

Murrumbeena and Carnegie stations will close temporarily from tonight for four weeks to ensure piling and station works take place safely.

This temporary closure will minimise later disruption for local commuters, traders and residents over the project’s construction.

The stations will close after the last train on Sunday 28 August and reopen in time for the first train on Monday 26 September after the construction of temporary stations. The temporary stations will remain open while construction is underway before the new stations are completed in 2018.

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#103

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/37-level-crossing-removals-complete-or-und...

37 Level Crossing Removals Complete Or Underway By 2018

20 September 2016

Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

The Andrews Labor Government will have 37 level crossings removed or underway by 2018, with 11 more crossings today released to market after yesterday’s long term lease of the Port of Melbourne.

Acting Premier James Merlino joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan to call for Expressions of Interest for two new major packages of level crossing removals.

As part of the North-Western Package, Camp Road in Campbellfield and Buckley Street in Essendon will be fast-tracked. Work will start next year and both will be gone by 2019.

The North-Western package also includes the removal of level crossings at Glenroy Road in Glenroy, Bell Street in Coburg, and Moreland Road in Brunswick.

Construction of the level crossing removal at Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North and the partial duplication of the Altona Loop will also begin next year, as part of the Western Package of crossing removals.

The Western package also includes the removal of crossings at Abbotts Road in Dandenong South, Aviation Road in Laverton, Ferguson Street in Williamstown, and Cherry and Werribee Streets in Werribee.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#104

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/four-more-level-crossings-gone-by-the-end-...

Four More Level Crossings Gone By The End Of Summer

25 September 2016

Four more dangerous and congested level crossings will be gone early next year, well ahead of schedule.

Acting Premier Jacinta Allan today announced a series of major road and rail closures that will enable construction crews to safely and rapidly remove level crossings at Blackburn Road in Blackburn, Heatherdale Road in Heatherdale, and Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road in Bayswater.

From 15 October, Bayswater Station will close and be demolished, making way for a bigger, better station that will open in mid-December. Belgrave line trains will run express through Bayswater during this time, with buses running from stations either side.

In early November, the Belgrave line will close between Ringwood and Belgrave for a 37-day construction blitz that will see 63,000 cubic metres of soil and rock – equal to 25 Olympic-size swimming pools – excavated to lower the rail line, before building the road bridges and safely running trains under Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road.

This huge construction effort will also have an impact on the road network. Scoresby Road will be closed at the level crossing from 2-19 November, and Mountain Highway will be closed from 20 November to 23 December.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#105

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/st-albans-level-crossings-gone-by-the-end-...

St Albans Level Crossings Gone By The End Of The Year

4 October 2016

Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

The two dangerous and congested level crossings in St Albans that the Andrews Labor Government is removing will be gone by the end of the year – more than six months earlier than promised.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced that the construction blitz beginning tonight, will see the crossings at Main and Furlong Road removed well ahead of schedule.

Both crossings are among Victoria’s most dangerous and congested. The boom gates at Furlong Road are down for 35 minutes – more than a quarter of the morning peak. At Main Road they are down for 65 minutes – more than half the peak.

In the past decade there have been two tragic deaths and more than 40 near misses at the Main Road level crossing. The Furlong Road crossing has also experienced collisions and countless near misses in the past 10 years.

Removing both will reduce congestion, increase safety and improve public transport for thousands in Melbourne’s west.

Around 700 construction staff will work around the clock from tonight, removing the crossings and rebuilding both St Albans and Ginifer Stations.

To enable these works to take place, buses will replace trains between Sunshine and Sunbury from 4-30 October, Furlong Road will be closed from 12-27 October, and Main Road will be closed from 4-28 November.

At the same time, V/Line will undertake more than $46 million in critical maintenance and renewal works on the Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca lines – improving sleepers, replacing ballast and upgrading bridges.

As a result, trains will be replaced by coaches on these lines for the entire journey between 4 and 30 October.

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Alastair Taylor's picture
#106

http://cur.org.au/project/benefits-elevated-rail-lessons-graduate-design...

The Victorian state government has committed to removing 50 level crossings in two terms of office: a faster rate of removal than in any other period in the history of railways in Melbourne.
Project dates: 2015
Budget: $114,000
This research project aims to deepen understanding of the issues involved in level crossing removals so that when proposals for specific locations are considered, professional, government and industry stakeholders, as well as the community can participate in a more informed way.

Background
The project is part of on-going investigations of better integration of land use and active transport futures for Melbourne. It is the design research component of the research project The Benefits of Level Crossing Removals: Learning from Melbourne’s Historical Experience.

Our work helps to build understanding about connections between three key areas:

(1) the technical and operational requirements for effective public transport networks;
(2) good urban and architectural design, and;
(3) land use planning.

Since 2005, this work has been supported by Australian Research Council grants and by industry partners in state and local government, as well as in the private sector.

During the last decade, working with our industry collaborators and also with students in architecture, urban planning and design, we have tested a range of scenarios that explore possibilities for enhanced public transport and urban intensification.

In 2012, we commenced the Transit for All project, funded by the Carlton Connect Initiative of the University of Melbourne. Graduate student designs for new stations for Melbourne’s suburban rail system were used to stimulate debate among the public and private sector networks of professionals responsible for much of Melbourne’s recent work on new stations and level crossing removals.

We began that project with an agnostic view on the relative merits of rail-under or rail-over options for level crossing removals. However, after reviewing the work produced over three iterations of our design research process, it became clear that elevated rail had some distinct advantages over the typical ‘trenched rail’ designs being constructed around Melbourne.

Lessons from the Graduate Design Research Studio “Rail UP!”
Our two new reports summarise the findings from two case studies exploring the potential of extended elevated rail for two very different rail corridors in Melbourne: The Upfield Line (through the inner and middle northern suburbs, a former industrial corridor now in transition) and the Frankston Line (in the southern bayside suburbs).

The research was conducted using design research through a graduate studio at the Melbourne School of design in a collaboration with RMIT, and was conducted between July-October 2015. The studio tested a series of findings from several years of research related to the benefits of elevated rail as a mode of level crossing removal / grade separation. These benefits go far beyond the government’s primary aims of improving safety and reducing local traffic congestion, and include:

Urban renewal: greater potential for multi-scale economic and social development related to increased activity around stations.
Restoration of rail’s prominent position in the urban fabric
Creation of linear parks and connected quiet streets for safer walking and cycling
Opportunities for the fundamental re-organisation of Melbourne’s buses into a network connected to the rail system
Improved passenger experience, views and way-finding
Getting the best from elevated rail
Realising these benefits depends on the design quality of elevated rail. These design explorations for the Upfield Line and the Frankston Line utilise and exemplify a set of criteria by which planners, politicians and members of the community can assess any proposal for level crossing removals using elevated rail, or for that matter, any new rail line or extension.

Links to specific reports, Upfield: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/b38874b25e686137780eb836e/files/Booklet_Up...
Frankston: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/b38874b25e686137780eb836e/files/Booklet_Fr...

...happy reading.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#107

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sydenham-level-crossing-removal-to-start-t...

Sydenham Level Crossing Removal To Start This Summer

20 November 2016

Removal of the dangerous and congested level crossing on Melton Highway in Sydenham will start this summer.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today joined Member for Sydenham Natalie Hutchins to announce BMD Constructions will build the road bridge over the Sunbury/Bendigo line, removing the crossing forever.

The $46 million Andrews Labor Government project will also widen Melton Highway to three lanes improving traffic flow and reducing congestion even further.

The level crossing on Melton Highway is one of Victoria’s worst, with boom gates down for nearly a quarter of the morning peak.

Removing it will reduce congestion for the 38,000 vehicles that use it every day and pave the way for a massive job-creating expansion of Watergardens Town Centre.

The project design includes a new two-way slip lane on the northern side of the highway, with a signalised intersection at Overton Lea Boulevard, to provide access to Victoria Road and Sydenham Road.

By raising the road, the project will also create better walking and cycling paths, and new community open space – something that came through strongly in community consultation earlier in the year.

Construction on the project will be underway by February next year, and is expected to be complete by late 2018.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#108

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/putting-people-first-labors-seventh-level-...

Putting People First: Labor’s Seventh Level Crossing Gone

22 November 2016

The Scoresby Road level crossing in Bayswater is gone – the seventh removed by the Andrews Labor Government.

In less than two years, the Labor Government has removed as many crossings as were removed in the 10 years prior to it coming to office.

Scoresby Road re-opened yesterday after being closed for nearly three weeks. The closure was part of a two-month construction blitz that will also remove the Mountain Highway crossing and rebuild Bayswater Station.

Buses are currently replacing trains between Belgrave and Ringwood while 63,000 cubic metres of soil and rock – equal to 25 Olympic-size swimming pools – is excavated to lower the rail line under the road.

Mountain Highway has now closed and is due to reopen without boom gates on 23 December, meaning eight level crossings will be history by Christmas.

Once the construction blitz at Bayswater is complete, work will ramp up on the removal of the Blackburn and Heatherdale Road level crossings further down the line.

From 27 December 2016 to 29 January 2017, buses will replace trains between Box Hill and Ringwood while construction crews lower the rail line, upgrade Blackburn Station and build a new Heatherdale Station.

The Labor Government is not wasting a moment removing 50 of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings.

Seven are now gone, work is underway at a further 14, and four more level crossing removals will start next year. By the end of 2018, 37 level crossing removals will be either finished or underway.

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#109

Hi All,

A bit of a plug here but thought some people might be interested in the opportunity to hear from Corey Hannett who is responsible for Level Crossings and Metro Tunnel.

https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/portal/event/corey-hannett-review-...

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#110

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/shortlist-for-more-than-1-billion-in-cross...

Shortlist For More Than $1 Billion In Crossing Removals

12 December 2016

Some of Australia’s biggest construction companies have been shortlisted to get rid of 11 more level crossings in Melbourne as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s unprecedented program of crossing removals.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced the shortlisted bidders for two massive packages of level crossing removals, valued at more than a billion dollars.

A joint venture of John Holland and KBR, and a joint venture of CPB Contractors and Aurecon, have been short-listed for the North West Program Alliance.

The successful bidder will remove dangerous and congested level crossings at Camp Road in Campbellfield and Buckley Street in Essendon, with work to start next year.

Under the Program Alliance model, if these removals are delivered well, the successful bidder will retain the contract to remove more – at Glenroy Road in Glenroy, Bell Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick.

A joint venture of McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott McDonald, and a joint venture of Coleman Rail, Seymour Whyte and Arcadis Australia have been short-listed for the Western Program Alliance.

This Alliance will remove the Abbots Road level crossing in Dandenong South and the Kororoit Creek Road crossing in Williamstown North, as well as duplicating part of the Altona Loop to boost the reliability of services.

If these projects are delivered effectively, the successful bidder will also remove the Aviation Road level crossing in Laverton, Ferguson Street crossing in Williamstown, and Cherry and Werribee Street crossings in Werribee.

The Program Alliance model – where successful bidders must meet strict performance measures to remove the other crossings – reduces procurement time, meaning the crossings are removed sooner.

It also provides a pipeline of work which enables constructors to build and maintain skilled workforces, better supporting local jobs and opportunities for apprentices, trainees and cadets.

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#111

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/sky-rail-supreme-court-dismisses-resid...

Sky rail: Supreme Court dismisses residents' bid to derail project

DECEMBER 20 2016 - 12:03PM

Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

A legal bid by angry residents to halt the controversial sky rail project has been dismissed in the Supreme Court.

Labor is building kilometres of elevated rail track along the Cranbourne Pakenham line between Caulfield and Dandenong station as part of its policy to remove 50 level crossings.

The decision to elevate the track, rather than put the rail under roads, has infuriated some residents.

The Lower Our Tracks Inc group had taken action in the Supreme Court, challenging as unreasonable Planning Minister Richard Wynne's decision to use powers of discretion during the notification of planning changes.

Justice Timothy Ginnane dismissed the case, saying Mr Wynne was "not required by law to undertake any consultation" and that the inadequacy of consultation argued by Lower Our Tracks did not establish a legal case. 

He did say that residents' "dissatisfaction" with the consultation process were "significant matters", but that the minister had complied with the law.

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#112

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/foundations-for-new-carnegie-station-to-st...

Foundations For New Carnegie Station To Start Next Month

22 December 2016

Construction of the foundations for the brand new Carnegie Station will start in January as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $1.6 billion Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project.

From mid-January, construction crews will begin building the foundations of the new elevated station and rail line that will remove nine of Victoria’s worst level crossings and create space for more trains, more often on Victoria’s busiest rail line.

To enable these works to occur safely and efficiently, the existing Carnegie Station will close for eight weeks.

From 16 January to mid-March, Cranbourne and Pakenham line trains will run express between Caulfield and Murrumbeena, and buses will run between these stations for passengers travelling to or from Carnegie.

When piling is complete, construction crews will rebuild the temporary station so passengers can keep catching the train.

On top of removing every level crossing between Dandenong and the city, the project will build five new stations and create 22.5 hectares of new parkland, paths and public open space.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#113

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/labor-government-removes-eighth-level-cros...

Labor Government Removes Eighth Level Crossing In Two Years

23 December 2016

The Andrews Labor Government has removed eight level crossings in just two years – more than were removed in the entire decade prior to it coming to office.

Mountain Highway in Bayswater re-opened yesterday, without the boom gates that frustrated motorists and put lives at risk every single day.

The removal of the level crossing means major work is now complete in Bayswater, with trains running safely under Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road and into the brand new Bayswater Station which opened earlier this month.

After Christmas, construction crews will turn their attention to the removal of the dangerous and congested Blackburn Road and Heatherdale Road level crossings in Melbourne’s east.

From 27 December 2016 to 5 February 2017, buses will replace trains between Box Hill and Ringwood stations while construction crews lower the rail line, upgrade Blackburn Station and build a new Heatherdale Station.

When this work is complete, four dangerous crossings on the Belgrave/Lilydale line will be gone and the upgraded stations will be open. Finishing works – including car parks and landscaping – will continue throughout 2017.

On top of the eight now removed, construction is already underway on 12 other level crossing removals, with six more to start next year. By the end of 2018, 37 level crossing removals will be either finished or underway.

Work on the Bayswater station car park, bus interchange, and walking and cycling path between Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road will be completed in the New Year.

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#114

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/summer-level-crossing-construction-blitz-b...

Summer Level Crossing Construction Blitz Begins

28 December 2016

Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

Construction has kicked off to remove two more dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne’s east.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan visited Blackburn today to inspect work on the removal of the Blackburn and Heatherdale Road level crossings, which will ramp up this summer.

More than 800 staff will work around-the-clock for the next six weeks to excavate 80 Olympic swimming pools-worth of soil to lower the Belgrave/Lilydale line so trains can run safely under Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads for the first time.

These two level crossings are among Victoria’s worst. The boom gates are down for around an hour between 7:00am-9:00am –half the morning peak – causing frustration, distress and delay.

Removing them will reduce congestion for the more than 60,000 vehicles which use the crossings every day, and make both communities safer.

The project will also improve access to public transport by completely rebuilding Heatherdale Station and upgrading the Blackburn Station precinct.

To enable these works to happen safely, buses are scheduled to replace trains between Box Hill and Ringwood stations from 27 December 2016 to 5 February 2017. Blackburn and Heatherdale roads will also be closed at the level crossings during this time.

When trains and traffic return on 6 February, the level crossings will be gone and the upgraded stations will be open. Finishing works – including car parks and landscaping – will continue throughout 2017.

Three new pedestrian bridges will also be built during the summer construction blitz – at Purches Street, Mitcham, and Cottage Street and King Street/Oliver Avenue in Blackburn.

By the end of Summer, ten level crossings will be gone for good. Work is underway on a further 10 crossings, and six more removals will start next year. By the end of 2018, 37 level crossing removals will be either finished or underway.

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Alastair Taylor's picture
#115

Can anyone with (Far) better construction knowledge tell me, what's the deal with the foam in between the two segments?

Apart from providing a "soft" landing when they're joined, does it serve another purpose?

(from the 42 second mark in the video).

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drunkill's picture
#116

It serves as a moisture barrier, but also protects the two segments while joining them as you said.

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Alastair Taylor's picture
#117

^ ta.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#118

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/tenth-level-crossing-gone-after-summer-con...

Tenth Level Crossing Gone After Summer Construction Blitz

5 February 2017

The dangerous and congested level crossings at Blackburn and Heatherdale Road in Melbourne’s east are gone – the ninth and tenth crossings removed by the Andrews Labor Government.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan at the brand new Heatherdale Station today, the eleventh new station opened by the Labor Government in just over two years.

Trains will return tomorrow morning after a 41-day construction blitz where 800 staff excavated 80 Olympic swimming pools-worth of soil and rock to lower the line so trains can safely run under the road for the first time.

The Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads will also reopen to traffic tomorrow, free from the boom gates that held motorists hostage for an hour every morning peak.

The $481 million package, which also removed two level crossings in St Albans, has also upgraded Blackburn Station – installing a new drainage system to reduce flooding in the underpass and improving access in and around the station.

Two new pedestrian bridges have been built at Purches Street in Mitcham and Cottage Street in Blackburn, and a third is under construction at King Street/Oliver Avenue in Blackburn, making it quicker and safer to cross the tracks.

The Labor Government is not wasting a moment getting rid of Victoria’s worst level crossings – ten crossings are already gone, ten more are under construction and another seven removals will start this year.

While Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads will reopen on Monday morning, some night road closures will be required to complete the road works, and landscaping, car parks and other finishing works at the stations will continue until mid-year.

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Aussie Steve's picture
#119

This is great news. Seems like they are making great headway with these level crossing removal works across Melbourne.

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Alastair Taylor's picture
#120

Rosanna level crossing removal + track duplication info released.

Contract's been signed too.

 

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drunkill's picture
#121

Gantry going up at Murrumbeena, pretty big structure so far:

Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#122

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/more-dangerous-crossings-to-go-on-the-fran...

More Dangerous Crossings To Go On The Frankston Line

20 February 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is removing three more dangerous and congested level crossings on the Frankston line and building two new stations.

Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan announced today that the Labor Government will lower the Frankston line under Charman Road and Park Road in Cheltenham, and Balcombe Road in Mentone, removing the three level crossings forever.

The project will completely rebuild Cheltenham and Mentone Stations, with platform levels below the ground.

The decision to lower the rail line has come after expert technical investigations and extensive community consultation over more than 12 months determined this was the most appropriate solution at these locations.

These level crossings are some of Victoria’s most congested, with boom gates down for up to 49 minutes in the morning peak. They are also dangerous, with two collisions and countless near-misses in the last decade.

Getting rid of them will improve traffic flow in the area and make these bayside communities safer.

The project will also re-instate the third track at Cheltenham Station and extend it to connect with the mainline, creating space for more trains, more often on Frankston line.

Lowering the rail line at Cheltenham will require the acquisition of 32 properties – 25 houses and seven businesses. There are no acquisitions required at Mentone.

A dedicated team within the Level Crossing Removal Authority will work closely with all affected owners and tenants through the acquisition process.

In coming months, there will be opportunities for the local community to have input on the urban design, landscaping, paths, parking and new station design.

This consultation and detailed design work will continue through the first half of this year, with the projects put out to tender by the end of the year and construction starting by the end of 2018.

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#123

I went out the Dandy line on Wednesday. From that 2/2 date for first Pylon in place I counted at least 13 in place now around Murrumbeena Station.

Amazing how much work is happening on the corridor.

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drunkill's picture
#124

My plan for an elevated rail solution to the Reservoir level crossing removal: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1azD7L8gMTl_n2-yytGYHOZzzUkQ&usp=sharing

Includes major reconfiguration of High St and surrounding roads to simplify and reduce the footprint of the road layout without impacting the Melbourne Water Aqueduct/pipeline that runs underneath that area which would be costly to relocate if this crossing was to be trenched.

Also has lots of added benefit for the local area with lots of extra public space gained from minimising the road footprint. Space for a public square or plaza, extra carparking for local businesses and the new elevated station as well as a bus interchange outside the station entrance.

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And yeah, lots of progress at Carnegie too with the station to reopen tomorrow morning, lots of Pylons in place.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#125

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/construction-begins-on-massive-hurstbridge...

Construction Begins On Massive Hurstbridge Line Upgrade

16 March 2017

Work has now begun to remove two dangerous and congested level crossings, duplicate the track and run more trains, more often on the Hurstbridge line.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines in Heidelberg today, where work to build a second track to Rosanna has begun.

The second track will remove the notorious section of single track between Heidelberg and Rosanna that causes delays and stops new services being added to the busy line.

The Andrews Labor Government project will also remove two dangerous and congested level crossings – at Grange Road in Alphington and Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna – and build a brand new Rosanna Station.

These level crossings are among Melbourne’s worst, with boom-gates at both sites down for around 40 minutes in the morning peak – causing delay, distress and frustration for thousands of motorists every day.

Removing the crossings will reduce congestion, improve safety and – with the duplication of the line between Heidelberg and Rosanna – create space for more trains, more often right along the Hurstbridge line.

The $395 million project will support around 1,000 jobs during peak construction, including more than 30 apprentices and trainees over the life of the project.

Over the coming weeks, construction crews will establish work sites, remove vegetation and relocate underground services. To enable this work, buses will replace trains between Greensborough and Clifton Hill from 8:00pm tomorrow until the last service on Sunday 19 March. Buses will also replace trains from 21-24 April.

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#126

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/removing-dangerous-and-congested-crossings...

Removing Dangerous And Congested Crossings Sooner

4 May 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the job of removing more dangerous and congested level crossings for good.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced today that contracts for the removal of a dozen level crossings in Melbourne’s north, west and south east have been signed, worth more than a billion dollars combined.

An Alliance led by McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott McDonald will remove the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing in Williamstown North and duplicate part of the Altona Loop as part of the Western Program Alliance.

Work will be fast-tracked to start this year, with the level crossing now expected to be gone by the end of 2018.

If the Alliance meets strict performance measures in delivery of this project, it will retain the contract to then remove the level crossing at Abbotts Road in Dandenong South – where work will also start this year – followed by Aviation Road in Laverton, Ferguson Street in Williamstown, and Cherry and Werribee Streets in Werribee.

Another Alliance, led by John Holland and KBR, has been awarded the contract for the North-West Program.

They will remove the Camp Road level crossing in Campbellfield, followed by Skye/Overton Road in Frankston and Buckley Street in Essendon.

The removal of these dangerous crossings has also been fast-tracked. Construction at all three will begin this year, with the boom gates at these crossings also set to go by the end of next year.

If these works are delivered well, the Alliance will then progressively remove the level crossings at Glenroy Road in Glenroy, Bell Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick.

This massive pipeline of level crossing removals will create thousands of local jobs, and provide skills and opportunities to hundreds of apprentices, trainees and cadets through the Major Projects Skills Guarantee.

The Labor Government also released the Frankston line level crossing removals to market today. The project will get rid of eight more dangerous level crossings on the Frankston line, with crossings in Bentleigh, McKinnon and Ormond already removed.

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