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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/australian-first-technology-to-remove-nine...

Australian-First Technology To Remove Nine Level Crossings

29 August 2017

Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

A massive 60 metre-long wheeled carrier is about to start work on the Andrews Labor Government’s Caulfield to Dandenong project, which will remove nine of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today to inspect the ‘straddle carrier’ – a high-tech machine that will pick up beams from the Murrumbeena assembly area, carry them along the line and set them down on top of huge columns – creating the new elevated line through Melbourne’s south east.

The straddle carrier is longer than an Olympic swimming pool and the only machine of its kind in Australia.

It has been specifically devised to build the new track in the narrow, 3.2-kilometre section between Carnegie and Hughesdale without stopping trains and without the need to compulsorily acquire a single property.

Two huge gantry cranes have already started building the new rail line near Murrumbeena Station. The straddle carrier will extend the structure up the line towards Carnegie, then down the line to Hughesdale.

The nine level crossings between Dandenong and the city on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line are some of Melbourne’s worst, with boom gates down for up to 82 minutes in the morning peak.

The Labor Government’s Caulfield to Dandenong project will remove every one of these crossings, build five new stations and create 11 MCGs’ worth of new parks, paths and public open space.

The massive project has created 2,000 jobs, with 4.7 million work hours already complete. It has also provided skills and opportunities for 200 apprentices, and created 200 jobs manufacturing concrete segments in Pakenham.

The Labor Government isn’t wasting a moment removing 50 dangerous level crossings across Melbourne. Ten are already gone, and work is underway on a further 15.

All nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong are set to be removed by the end of next year.

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#128

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/hurstbridge-line-construction-blitz-begins...

Hurstbridge Line Construction Blitz Begins Tonight

The Andrews Labor Government is fast tracking work on the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade, with a massive nine-day construction blitz beginning tonight.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined local community representatives and construction workers at the Grange Road level crossing in Alphington today, where a 37 tonne beam will be craned into place over the weekend.

The large concrete support beam will form part of the new Grange Road bridge once the rail trench is dug underneath it in early 2018.

Drivers and public transport passengers are being asked to plan ahead, with Grange Road closed at the level crossing from 9pm tonight until Monday 9 October and buses replacing trains on the Hurstbridge line between Clifton Hill and Greensborough for the next nine days.

During the massive construction blitz, over 400 workers will continue duplicating the single section of track in Heidelberg and demolish Rosanna Station to make way for a brand new station that will reopen in March 2018.

While Rosanna Station is closed, trains will not stop at Rosanna and shuttle buses will connect passengers to Macleod and Heidelberg stations.

The works are part of the $395 million Hurstbridge Line Upgrade that is removing the dangerous and congested level crossings at Grange Road in Alphington and Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna, building a brand new Rosanna Station, and duplicating the single section of track between Heidelberg.

The dangerous Grange Road level crossing will be removed by lowering the Hurstbridge line under Grange Road, while a rail bridge will be built over busy Lower Plenty Road, safely separating trains and cars for the first time.

In just two years, the Labor Government has removed ten level crossings, rebuilt eight stations, and has a further 16 level crossing removals underway.

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#129

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/camp-road-boom-gates-to-go-by-christmas/

Camp Road Boom Gates To Go By Christmas

3 November 2017

The boom gates at Camp Road in Campbellfield will be gone next month as work ramps up to remove another level crossing.

A month-long construction blitz between 15 November and 18 December will safely and quickly remove the dangerous and congested crossing by Christmas.

This massive construction effort will see up to 300 people working on the project at its peak. Work will include lowering the rail line under Camp Road, building the new road bridge and removing the boom gates for good.

During the intensive month of work, workers will excavate 85,000 cubic metres of soil to create the rail trench – equal to 30 Olympic swimming pools of dirt.

Two massive piling rigs, each weighing 100 tonnes, will also help prepare the road bridge foundations.

To enable the works to be undertaken safely and quickly, Camp Road will be closed at the level crossing from 9:00pm 15 November to 6:00am 30 November. Signed detours will be in place for road users during this time.

The Upfield railway line will be closed between Coburg and Upfield stations from 8.30pm on 16 November to 6:00am 18 December, with buses replacing trains.

When normal services resume on 18 December, trains will travel under Camp Road for the very first time, and the congested level crossing will be gone forever.

The project will be fully complete – including finishing touches and landscaping – by early 2018.

In just two years, the Andrews Labor Government has removed 10 level crossings, opened 12 new train stations and a further 16 level crossing removals are now underway.

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#130

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/getting-it-done-level-crossings-to-go-soo...

Getting It Done: Level Crossings To Go Sooner

28 November 2017

A major 44-day construction blitz will fast-track the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade, delivering new track, a new Rosanna station and two level crossing removals six months earlier than planned.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines in Heidelberg today to announce that combining two rail closures previously scheduled for January and May 2018 into one 44-day construction blitz will mean less disruption and earlier benefits for communities along the Hurstbridge line.

The major construction blitz will begin in mid-March 2018 and run until the end of April, part of which coincides with Term One of the school holidays when roads and public transport are quieter.

At the end of the construction blitz, the brand new Rosanna Station will be open to commuters, and trains and cars will be safely separated for the very first time at Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna and Grange Road in Alphington, with the dangerous level crossings gone for good.

During the construction blitz, buses will replace trains on sections of the Hurstbridge line and there will be some road closures and detours, with dates to be confirmed soon.

As part of the works, a new tunnel is being excavated under Darebin Street in Heidelberg that will be home to part of the new section of duplicated track, also due to open at the end of April.

A specialised excavator will operate around the clock for more than four months to excavate the equivalent of more than 3,200m3 from underneath Darebin Street. Once complete, the new section of track will allow for more trains, more often along the Hurstbridge line.

The two level crossings being removed are among Melbourne’s worst with boom gates down for more than 40 minutes during the two-hour morning peak, causing frustration and delays for around 43,000 drivers every day.

The project will support a massive 1,000 jobs during peak construction.

In the lead-up to the major construction blitz there will also be shorter Hurstbridge line closures over the weekend of 9-10 December, and from 18-23 January.

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#131

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/getting-it-done-eleventh-level-crossing-g...

Eleventh Level Crossing Gone For Good

1 December 2017

The dangerous and congested level crossing at Camp Road in Campbellfield is now history – the eleventh crossing removed by the Andrews Labor Government.

The dangerous boom gates in Campbellfield have seen seven vehicle accidents in the last year alone. Now they’re gone, the 30,000 drivers who rely on the road every day will be safer, and can enjoy a less congested commute.

Businesses will now be able to truck goods in and out of Melbourne faster without being impacted by a major blockage along one of the main roads in Melbourne’s north.

Work will continue over the coming weeks to complete the kilometre-long rail underpass beneath the road, with buses replacing trains between Coburg and Upfield until the line reopens on Monday, 18 December.

When open, trains will travel under Camp Road for the very first time, safely separating vehicles from trains.

By the time the construction blitz is complete, up to 300 workers will have clocked up 100,000 hours, moving around 40 Olympic swimming pools-worth of dirt, laying 870 metres of new track and spraying 400 cubic metres of concrete along the retaining walls.

The boom gates at Camp Road caused congestion, frustration and delay for thousands of motorists every day. They were also dangerous, with one injury, a tragic death and fifteen near misses at the crossing between 2005 and 2014 alone.

The Labor Government has removed 11 dangerous level crossings and opened 12 brand new train stations, with a further 15 level crossing removals underway.

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#132

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/getting-things-done-camp-road-gone-for-good/

Camp Road Gone For Good

12 December 2017

From this Wednesday, trains will run beneath Campbellfield’s Camp Road for the first time, completing a month-long construction blitz five days ahead of schedule.

Upfield line trains will now travel through a new underpass that has replaced the dangerous and congested Camp Road level crossing for good.

The rail line will open five days ahead of schedule – just two weeks after the road above reopened to traffic.

The construction blitz, which involved up to 300 workers, removed the crossing, built a new road bridge and dug an 870-metre-long rail trench by excavating 30 Olympic swimming pools of dirt.

The Camp Road level crossing was one of Melbourne’s worst – causing frustration and delays for 30,000 drivers every day.

The removal of the boom gates has increased traffic flow, making the road and surrounds safer for all users.

Landscaping and finishing touches are expected to be complete in early 2018.

The Andrews Labor Government is not wasting a moment getting rid of dangerous and congested level crossings – 11 crossings are already gone, with another 16 removals underway.

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#133

the link below is to a tweet from 16 December. Noble Park station looks pretty far advanced. must be close to completion by now?

https://twitter.com/that_sam_guy/status/942249336095719427

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#134

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/removing-the-worst-level-crossings-on-the...

Removing The Worst Level Crossings On The Busiest Line

11 January 2018

Construction crews are smashing it out of the park as they work to remove nine dangerous and congested crossings in Melbourne’s south east.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Acting Minister for Public Transport Philip Dalidakis visited Murrumbeena today to inspect progress on the landmark Caulfield to Dandenong project, where work has begun across the line to lay Australian steel train tracks.

For the next stages of works on the new elevated line to occur, buses will replace trains from 30 January to 14 February between Westall and Dandenong on the Cranbourne/Pakenham lines.

In another milestone for this project, an Australian-first straddle carrier has now installed more than 100 elevated concrete beams between Caulfield and Hughesdale.

Six million work hours have now been clocked up on this project with crews now on the home stretch with just over 70 more beams needing to be installed before the straddle carrier is dismantled.

As part of these works, beams will soon be installed over Grange Road in Carnegie, requiring the road to be closed to drivers and pedestrians between Monday 22 January and Monday 5 February.

As part of a major summer blitz now underway across Melbourne’s transport network, a period of intensive level crossing removal works began yesterday on the Cranbourne/Pakenham line.

Buses began replacing trains between Caulfield and Dandenong from Wednesday 10 January until the last service on 17 January.

Works will also start tomorrow and next Thursday 18 January respectively on the South Morang and Hurstbridge lines, with buses replacing trains on sections of the lines.

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#135

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/buckley-street-level-crossing-removal-beg...

Buckley Street Level Crossing Removal Begins

24 January 2018

Work has begun to remove the dangerous and congested level crossing on Buckley Street in Essendon.

In the coming weeks, construction crews will begin to relocate underground utilities, remove vegetation and establish work sites as part of the $114 million project.

The Buckley Street level crossing is one of Melbourne’s worst. The boom gates are down for about 78 minutes during the two-hour morning peak – causing congestion, frustration and delays for the 11,000 drivers that use it each day.

Removing the crossing will improve journey times and traffic flow, make the area safer for drivers, local pedestrians and hundreds of students who travel to the nearby schools each day.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) has worked closely with the community, traders, transport providers and technical experts over the past 18 months to refine the design so it meets the needs of Essendon residents and visitors. The project team will continue to work closely with stakeholders as work progresses this year.

The design for the project includes new accessible ramps under the station entrance canopies, pedestrian signals to boost safety and streetscaping work on Rose and Russell streets, as well as new cycling facilities.

The Andrews Labor Government is not wasting a moment getting rid of dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne – 11 crossings are already gone and work is underway on 17 more, including Buckley Street.

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#136

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/three-more-level-crossings-gone-by-the-en...

Three More Level Crossings Gone By The End Of Summer

24 January 2018

Three dangerous and congested level crossings in Noble Park are set to be removed by mid-February as part of a massive summer construction blitz taking place across Melbourne.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Acting Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan visited Noble Park today to meet workers as they gear up for the removal of crossings at Corrigan, Heatherton and Chandler Roads.

At Noble Park, three sets of boom gates will go down for the final time on 29 January. Work will then begin to install overhead wiring, lay communications cable and connect the new elevated train tracks to the existing ones.

To allow these final works to be carried out safely, buses will replace trains from 30 January to 14 February between Westall and Dandenong.

The end result of this disruption – which comes at the end of a massive construction blitz – will be three crossings gone and trains stopping at Noble Park’s brand new elevated station, months ahead of schedule.

Noble Park’s crossings are notorious for causing not only nightmare traffic but posing a real risk to safety.

Sixty near misses or collisions were reported across the three level crossings between 2011 and 2017, including an incident in 2016 where a car was clipped by a train at Chandler Road.

Of the 50 level crossings the Andrews Labor Government is removing, Heatherton Road – Noble Park’s busiest crossing – was also the worst for vehicle collisions over the past six years, with three recorded between 2011 and 2017, and 15 reported near misses in 2016-17.

The Labor Government is not wasting a moment getting rid of Melbourne’s dangerous and congested level crossings, with 11 already gone and all nine between Caulfield and Dandenong on track to be removed by the end of the year.

Together with a massive power and signalling upgrade, these works will allow more trains, more often on Melbourne’s busiest train line.

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#137

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/fifteen-crossings-gone-and-a-boom-gate-fr...

Fifteen Crossings Gone And A Boom Gate Free Noble Park

11 February 2018

Test trains are running on a brand new section of elevated rail for the very first time, and three more dangerous and congested level crossings are gone forever.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today boarded one of the test trains travelling on the new elevated track, which has removed the Corrigan, Heatherton and Chandler road level crossings in Noble Park.

The three dangerous and congested crossings are the first of nine being removed between Caulfield and Dandenong this year.

Each of the crossings were notorious for prangs, road rage and traffic bank-ups with boom gates down for up to 73 minutes in each two-hour morning peak.

Around 150 drivers are undergoing training this weekend to familiarise themselves with the line, with passenger trains to start running on the new track from Thursday 15 February.

Noble Park’s new-look elevated station is also set to open to commuters on Thursday – with some final touches to be made over the coming months.

With old ground level tracks now officially redundant, crews are wasting no time moving in to remove the tracks as they begin to landscape more than eight hectares of open space in Noble Park.

These works will not only boost the area’s parkland and recreational facilities but will also bring huge improvements for residents and business long divided by the rail line.

The Andrews Labor Government has now removed 15 level crossings across Melbourne – making it safer, easier and faster to travel around the city.

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#138

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/getting-it-done-six-week-road-and-rail-co...

Six-Week Road And Rail Construction Blitz

7 March 2018

A six-week construction blitz will start on Friday 16 March, to ramp up works on the Andrews Labor Government’s $30 billion major transport infrastructure program.

The level crossings at Lower Plenty and Grange roads will be removed ahead of schedule as part of a 44-day shutdown of the Hurstbridge line. When the line re-opens, trains will stop at the new Rosanna Station and use the newly-duplicated track from Heidelberg to Rosanna.

Buses will replace trains from 16 March to 29 April between Clifton Hill and Greensborough/Macleod stations. Sections of Grange and Lower Plenty Roads will also be closed during this period.

Buses will also replace trams along much of St Kilda Road during the school holidays as part of Metro Tunnel works to build the new Anzac Station under the road.

On the Cranbourne/Pakenham line, a 17-day blitz from 30 March to 15 April will see two level crossings removed in Clayton and the suburb’s new station open to passengers, with trains travelling on the next 1.4-kilometre section of the new elevated rail line.

Buses will replace trains between Oakleigh and Dandenong from Friday 30 March and Tuesday 2 April, then between Caulfield to Westall from Tuesday 3 April to Sunday 15 April.

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#139

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/boom-gates-go-as-station-takes-shape/

Boom Gates Go As Station Takes Shape

3 April 2018

Yet another set of boom gates will go tonight as work moves full steam ahead to remove every single level crossing and build five brand new stations between Caulfield and Dandenong.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan at Clayton today to inspect works on the new station at Clayton, where work on the wrap-around canopy is now complete.

Crews will move in this evening to take out boom gates at Centre Road, and tomorrow traffic will flow freely, providing relief for the 18,000 motorists who use the road each day.

Boom gates will be dismantled soon after at the notoriously congested Clayton Road crossing. Boom gate down time at the two crossings is up to 75 and 82 minutes respectively in each two-hour morning peak.

Last Friday 30 March, an intensive period of work got underway to connect power and signalling along a new section of elevated line that will separate trains and roads through Clayton.

Meanwhile, crews are working around the clock to ready Clayton’s new station for its first passengers on Monday 16 April, following the 17-day construction blitz.

The station’s curved canopy is now complete, and rapid progress being made on the vastly improved platform areas, lighting, CCTV, and passenger facilities.  Work will continue on final touches and ground level buildings once old train tracks are removed from under the elevated station.

Of the five new stations being built as part of the Caulfield to Dandenong project, Clayton’s will boast the largest landscaped forecourt along with 80 extra parking spaces for commuters.

The booming suburb, home to Monash University and Monash Hospital is Melbourne’s biggest suburban employment hub outside the CBD with around 5,500 passengers using the station each day.

Bus passengers on three major routes (631, 703 and 733) are also set to benefit from these latest level crossing removals, while a dedicated interchange will remove the need for passengers, to cross busy roads.

In February, the first 1.5 kilometre stretch of elevated rail was opened in Noble Park, removing three level crossings. The remaining four crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong will be gone by the end of this year.

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#140

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/clayton-crossings-consigned-to-history/

Clayton Crossings Consigned To History

16 April 2018

The Andrews Labor Government has now removed 17 dangerous and congested level crossings, with two more gone in Melbourne’s booming south east. 

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan was at Clayton Station today to mark the occasion and catch one of the very first passenger trains to run on the latest section of elevated track.

With level crossings at Centre and Clayton Roads now removed, ambulances transporting critically ill patients to Monash Hospital will no longer be held up by boom gates – which used to put lives at risk. 

Prior to their removal, the boom gates were down at the notorious Clayton Road level crossing for up to 82 minutes in the two-hour morning peak, creating major local traffic congestion.

The former level crossing was located at a crucial nexus for health, education and research in Melbourne’s south east, just 550 metres from the Monash Hospital and a few kilometres away from major employers Monash University, CSIRO, and the Australian Synchotron.  

The station features an improved layout, dedicated interchanges for buses, bikes and taxis, as well as 86 additional car parks, making it better equipped to handle the high volume of passengers who use it each day.

Meanwhile, work is continuing to rip up old tracks and create parks, paths and play areas right along the rail line.  

Today’s announcement comes at the end of an around-the-clock construction blitz and marks another major step towards removing every single level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong.

Last week, boom gates at Clayton Road were carried away by work crews, cheered on by around 150 onlookers who gathered to catch the historic moment for themselves. 

A construction blitz starting next month on the Frankston line will see the removal of the twentieth dangerous and congested level crossing, fulfilling the Labor Government’s election commitment.

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#141

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/hurstbridge-trains-back-on-t...

Hurstbridge trains back on track from Friday

3 May 2018 — 6:23pm  Timna Jacks

Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

The new Rosanna railway station will be open from Friday. Photo: Artist's impression

There's good news for Hurstbridge-line commuters, with trains finally returning and the new Rosanna station opening on Friday morning, after an extended shutdown of the line forced commuters onto buses for an extra week.

The removal of two level crossings involved lowering the train line under Grange Road, Alphington, and building a new rail bridge over Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna.

Chronic bottlenecks caused by a single section of track between Heidelberg and Rosanna are set to be eased now that the track has been duplicated, and a new tunnel under Darebin Street has been built.

The return of trains follows six weeks of disruption for commuters, with passengers informed on the eve of the Anzac Day holiday that buses would replace trains for an extra week due to signalling complications.

The rail shutdown between Clifton Hill and Macleod was caused by difficulties matching up new signalling equipment with infrastructure dating back to the 1950s.

Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan announced on Thursday that plans to resume Hurtsbridge trains on May 7 had now been brought forward a few days to Friday, after 1000 construction staff had worked around the clock to upgrade the line.

Ms Allan apologised for the inconvenience to commuters, but said the government was on track to remove 20 level crossings by this year, with the crossing removals at Alphington and Rosanna taking the count to 19.

 

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#142

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/major-blitz-underway-to-remove-final-four...

Major Blitz Underway To Remove Final Four Crossings

28 May 2018

The countdown is on to remove the final four dangerous and congested level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong and open another section of elevated rail in Melbourne’s south east.

A team of specialist rail workers will move in from Tuesday night 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.

To allow these critical works to take place, buses will replace trains on sections of the Cranbourne, Pakenham lines from 8pm Tuesday 29 May through to the last service on Sunday 17 June.

The end result will see trains running run on a new 3.2 kilometre 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.

On the Queens’ Birthday long weekend (9-11 June) and on Saturday 2 June (up to 4:00pm), these disruptions will extend all the way to Flinders Street, allowing for extra upgrade works to be carried out to the Caulfield Junction.  On these days the Frankston line will also be closed between Flinders Street and Moorabbin Stations.

For Gippsland passengers, coaches will also replace trains for all or part of the journey. Express and semi-express coaches – including free WiFi services direct to Parliament – will operate from 9pm, 29 May and 17 June, to help get passengers to the city faster.

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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#143

Carnegie and Murrumbeena are open and functioning (mostly) with a lot of work still to come at ground level, including landscaping. Hughesdale will open in a few more months because it only started being built last month while the other two got a head start because the beams were laid much sooner in those sections.

The lifts and escalators still need to be installed as they sit where the train tracks were two weeks ago so there are temporary stairs up to the platform for a month or two.
Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussionCarnegie skyrail station - temporary stairs by Daniel Bowen, on Flickr

You can see the formwork for the base of the elevators and escalators plus a whole bunch more groundwork still to finish. Ticket barriers will be installed where the free-standing myki readers are temporarily installed while the temporary stairs are outside the future paid only zone of the station.

Toilets and waiting room to the right, secure bike cage (black bars) to the left, with a ticket/staff office to be built next to it.

Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussionMurrumbeena skyrail station - open but not completed by Daniel Bowen, on Flickr

The platform level is functional, but still a lot of finishing touches like extra cladding, installation of a further shelter/roof at the far end of the platforms to be completed.
Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussionCarnegie skyrail station - open but not completed by Daniel Bowen, on Flickr

Carnegie station opened with a bit of fanfare, with ABC Radio Melbourne broadcasting from the waiting room all morning and talking about the new stations and future infrastructure projects. A few politicians in attendance.
Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussionCarnegie skyrail station opening - live broadcast by Jon Faine of ABC Radio Melbourne by Daniel Bowen, on Flickr

I checked it out on Monday night, very good lighting everywhere, the new stations are now Premium stations and have fulltime staff and PSOs at night who were chatting to people waiting for the train.
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The bike cage was already in use, plenty of space for secure storage with another 10 or so wall mounts to the left of of the image and 6 or so bike hoops in the public forecourt outside.

The old underpass has been filled in with concrete, they didn't even both taking the handrails off for scrap. They should have buried a car in there or something. This will be paved and become a bus stop and get some extra landscaping.
Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

Daniel Bowen has a writeup, where some of these images are from: https://www.danielbowen.com/

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#144

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/altona-loop-returns-early-with-another-le...

Altona Loop Returns Early With Another Level Crossing Gone

23 July 2018

Train services along the Altona Loop will resume tomorrow as the planned 43-day construction blitz to remove another level crossing and build new track finishes almost a week ahead of schedule.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today visited the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing site in Williamstown North to inspect progress, as works wrap up to construct the new dual rail bridge and duplicate a section of track along the Altona Loop.

Altona Loop commuters can look forward to more reliable journeys with the addition of a duplicated section of track between the Werribee line junction and Kororoit Creek, removing a significant bottleneck and providing another point along the loop where trains can safely pass one another.

The Kororoit Creek Road level crossing is also gone for good in an upgrade that improves both safety and congestion, as trains run over the new dual rail bridge while vehicles pass through the now free-flowing road below.

Buses will continue to replace trains today, with trains running to the normal timetable from the first service tomorrow morning. The new upgrades have already been successfully tested, with a test train running through the Altona Loop and over the new rail bridges last night.

The dual rail bridge is made up of 40 L-shaped concrete beams up to 31 metres long, each transported to site before being craned into place, and joined together in pairs to form the U-shaped viaducts. More than 70,000 hours have been worked by 750 workers over the course of the construction blitz, with more than 7000 tonnes of concrete used and almost 12 kilometres of cabling laid.

The removal of the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing takes the total number of crossings removed by the Level Crossing Removal Authority to 26, smashing the Andrews Labor Government’s promise to remove 20 in this term.

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#145

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/construction-blitz-to-remove-3-more-level...

Construction Blitz To Remove 3 More Level Crossings

24 July 2018

Major construction blitzes will be underway in August to remove three more dangerous and congested level crossings in Essendon, Seaford and Dandenong South.

The Buckley Street level crossing which is set to be removed by early October, is among Melbourne’s worst with the boom gates down for around 78 minutes during the morning peak, leading to major delays on Buckley Street causing frustration for the 11,000 people who drive through it each day.

To remove this level crossing, buses will replace trains along some sections of the Craigieburn line between 24 August and 9 September. Coaches will replace Seymour and Shepparton trains for the entire journey to and from Southern Cross Station during this time.

Buckley Street will be closed near the level crossing for 52 days from the evening of 9 August and some local roads will be closed intermittently with detours and traffic advisories helping motorists get where they need to go.

The Seaford Road level crossing leaves motorists waiting for around 32 minutes during the morning peak and its removal will reduce travel times and make the area safer for school children and pedestrians to move around RF Miles reserve.

To enable it to be gone by the end of September, Seaford Road and Railway Parade will be closed near the level crossing for six weeks from 17 August, and buses will replace trains between Carrum and Stony Point on the weekend of 18-19 August and from 8.30pm on 8 September to 6am on 16 September.

At the end of the construction blitz, the new road underpass will open, allowing traffic to flow freely without being delayed.

The dangerous Abbotts Road level crossing will history by early September following a 10-day construction blitz.

Once Abbotts Road is gone, 11 level crossings have been removed on the Cranbourne line – removing multiple level crossings along one line reduces delays and cancellations for passengers.

From the evening of 28 August to the morning of 8 September, buses will replace trains between Dandenong and Cranbourne as crews put the finishing touches on the 410-metre-long bridge over Abbotts Road.

The Andrews Labor Government has already removed 26 level crossings, with a further three level crossing removals under construction. Work is well ahead of schedule to remove 50 level crossings by 2022.

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Removing Level Crossings, Growing Jobs And Skills

25 August 2018

The fifth elevated station built as part of the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project is now taking passengers, following a massive effort by hundreds of workers and technicians.

Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll was at Hughesdale Station today to thank crews who have worked around the clock in often wintry conditions to make the station operational.

In a major milestone for the project, more than 10 million hours have been worked so far by a huge cohort of engineers, tradespeople, crane operators, drivers and technical specialists.

Across Melbourne, a staggering 25 million work hours have been clocked up on level crossing removals and the Mernda Rail extension, with an average one million hours worked per month between February and June 2018.

In a team effort involving thousands of workers, 26 crossings – including nine between Caulfield and Dandenong – have now been consigned to the past. During peak construction in June this year, there were more than 6,600 workers across 18 sites.

While these crucial projects are rolling out right now, we are wasting no time in building the rail workforce we’ll need for the future.

In Clayton, nearly 50,000 hours of training have been delivered at a dedicated training centre boosting the skill base in Melbourne’s booming south east. The centre, established as part of the Caulfield to Dandenong project in partnership with Chisholm TAFE, is training entry level workers and upskilling experienced ones.

To ensure cost is not a barrier to people wanting to get the skills they need to contribute to our massive infrastructure program, we’re making 30 priority TAFE courses free and adding 30,000 new training places.

Across the board, apprentices, trainees and cadets also continue to play a huge part in Victoria’s pipeline of infrastructure projects, completing at least 10 per cent of work hours in accordance with the Andrews Labor Government’s Major Projects Skills Guarantee.

While escalators and lifts at Hughesdale Station will not initially be operational, the full system will be up and running in the coming weeks. Work continues to build the 11 MCGs of new parkland and put the final touches on station precincts at Noble Park, Clayton, Murrumbeena and Carnegie along with Hughesdale.

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Two More Dangerous Frankston Line Level Crossings To Go

3 September 2018

Level crossings in Edithvale and Bonbeach can be removed using a trench and without posing a threat to the Ramsar-listed Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands, an environmental assessment has found.

The engineering designs presented by the Level Crossing Removal Authority in an Environment Effect Statement (EES) will minimise any impact of the work on the environment and manage groundwater flows during construction.

In the long term, careful and continued monitoring of the area will ensure any environmental impacts from lowering the rail line are minimal and can be managed effectively. The trench option will go ahead in Edithvale and Bonbeach.

Following planning and environmental approvals, works to remove the level crossings and build two stations will be completed by 2022.

Work in Edithvale and Bonbeach is part is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s massive $2 billion investment on the Frankston line which includes the removal of 13 level crossings and building 10 new stations.

By the end of September, the Seaford Road level crossing will be gone for good and the road bridge across the Patterson River will be open to traffic.

Work on the $10 million revitalisation of Seaford will begin later this year, and geotechnical work has started in Carrum to support the removal of three level crossings, a new station, and a $50 million revitalisation of Carrum village.

The EES was authorised by Minister for Planning Richard Wynne and publicly exhibited for consultation earlier this year.

An independent committee of planning and environment specialists reviewed the 248 submissions and sat for seven days in June, hearing from environmental experts, engineers and community members before making recommendations to the Minister.

Following the Minister’s Assessment, formal approvals for the projects will be sought including a set of Environmental Performance Requirements that will ensure the environment is protected.

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https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/buckley-street-underpass-dig-breaks-through/

Buckley Street Underpass Dig Breaks Through

8 September 2018

Essendon’s new road underpass is only weeks away from opening, with construction crews “breaking through” underneath the rail line earlier today.

Minister for Industry and Employment and Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll, joined Member for Essendon Danny Pearson to tour the site – with work on track for the level crossing to be removed by late September, enabling traffic to flow freely through the new underpass, months ahead of schedule.

Almost 300 people are working around the clock during the final construction blitz to remove the level crossing. To build the new 270 metre road underpass, more than 20,000 tonnes of soil has been removed at an average rate of 1,300 tonnes per day using four excavators, two bulldozers, a grader and a loader.

Work to upgrade the central pedestrian underpass continues on the western side of Buckley Street. The pedestrian entrance on Rose Street is currently closed to enable work on the new Disability Discrimination Act compliant ramps and stairs.

The new service roads now have kerbs, drainage, road barriers and asphalt while work is still to be completed on the footpaths, final road surface and landscaping. After 16 days of replacement buses, rail services are scheduled to resume from the first service on Monday, 10 September on the Craigieburn, Seymour and Shepparton lines.

Buckley Street will remain closed until the end of the month between Mount Alexander Road and Daisey Street and some local roads will continue to be closed intermittently with detours and traffic advisories helping people to get from place to place.

When Buckley Street reopens at the end of the month, the level crossing will be gone for good making Essendon safer and better connected.

The level crossing is among the worst in Melbourne with the boom gates down for around 78 minutes during the morning peak, leading to major delays on Buckley Street and surrounding roads, causing frustration to the 11,000 people who drive through it each day.

Its removal will reduce travel times and make the area safer for school children and other pedestrians to move around the station precinct. Work will continue after the road reopens until the end of the year to complete landscaping and improvements to the station precinct.

The Buckley Street level crossing will be the 29th level crossing removed by the Andrews Labor Government. Work is well ahead of schedule to remove 50 level crossings by 2022.

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https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/abbotts-road-crossing-gone-for-good/

Abbotts Road Crossing Gone For Good

10 September 2018

Trains and vehicles have been successfully separated on Abbotts Road in Dandenong South, with the Andrews Labor Government removing yet another dangerous and congested level crossing

The view from above will be a welcome one for the many train drivers who travel along the Cranbourne line each day, with every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong now gone and the Thompsons Road level crossing, formerly located near Merinda Park Station, also removed earlier this year.

These upgrades eliminate the very real risk of incidents at level crossings. Over the past decade at Abbotts Road, there were two collisions between a train and a vehicle which resulted in a fatality, in addition to several reported near misses.

Alongside the immediate safety benefits for both road and rail, the removal of the Abbotts Road level crossing also ensures a more reliable journey for the 22,000 vehicles – including a high number of trucks – that pass through the highly industrial area each weekday.

Within a relatively short period of time, workers have connected the new track across the bridge with existing track; removed the redundant ground-level track and level crossing infrastructure; upgraded signalling infrastructure; installed new drainage and repositioned the overhead lines.

In another example of removed rail materials getting a second life, the project team will be donating removed rail and rail clips to the volunteer-led Yarra Valley Railway.

Hundreds of concrete sleepers are also being donated to the Victorian Goldfields Railway, which operates a steam heritage train between the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon.

Passenger services along the Cranbourne line are back up and running and the former Abbotts Road level crossing has been officially consigned to the history books. Crews will continue work around the site in coming months, to complete minor works such as landscaping and footpaths.

The Dandenong South level crossing becomes the 27th crossing removed by the Labor Government to date, with two more crossings set to be gone for good by October.

Locals in Melbourne’s south-east will have more trains, more often with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a $750 million upgrade of the Cranbourne line and planning for a new rail link to Clyde.

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Getting On With The Reservoir Level Crossing Removal

25 September 2018

The Reservoir level crossing will be the next to be removed through an innovative rail bridge design, with construction starting today.

Over the next week, works will begin, including site investigation and establishment works. The design will involve elevating the rail line over High Street with a rail bridge and a new, modern Reservoir train station and public plaza to be built.

The new premium station will include above ground platforms with access via lifts and stairs. The new station forecourt will be accessible from either side of the station plaza and have safer waiting areas, better lighting and station facilities.

During the planning stage, a number of design options for removing the level crossing were investigated and the preferred design of elevating the rail line above High Street was considered the best outcome.

The elevated rail design will create better connections for pedestrians and cyclists, and future opportunities for new public open space and other future transport upgrades.

On average, 36,000 vehicles travel through the Reservoir level crossing each day with the boom gates down for 24 minutes during the morning peak. In the past decade there were three recorded collisions and one fatality plus 26 near miss incidents at this site.

Construction activities are underway with site establishment, geotechnical investigations and the relocation of services.

Ensuring this level crossing is gone for good, is in addition to the Labor Government’s commitment to build the Suburban Rail Loop which will connect every major train line, reducing congestion across the transport network and building a new station at Reservoir.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority will be engaging with the community in the coming months to get ideas on design elements for the upgraded station precinct. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2020.

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https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/seaford-crossing-gone-in-time-for-grand-f...

Seaford Crossing Gone In Time For Grand Final Weekend

27 September 2018

Seaford locals won’t have to wait at the Seaford Road level crossing as the road reopens to traffic in time for Grand Final weekend.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny today visited the Seaford Road where the level crossing has been removed ahead of schedule after a six-week construction blitz.

With the level crossing gone for good, the 28th removed by the Andrews Labor Government, drivers of the 17,000 vehicles which use Seaford Road every day will be able to get onto the Nepean and Frankston highways without getting stuck at the dreaded boom gates, which could be down for 32 minutes each AM peak.

To improve safety and reduce congestion at Seaford Road, the level crossing was removed by lowering the road by 1.5 metres to build a road underpass and raising the rail by 5 metres.

Sixteen L-shaped concrete segments up to 30 metres long and weighing 60 tonnes were craned into place and joined together in pairs to form the U-shaped viaducts trains now run through.

More than two kilometres of new track have been laid, 35 kilometres of signal cabling and 25,000 tonnes of ballast have been put down. The earth embankments either side of Seaford Road are constructed from 45,000 tonnes of engineered fill, and will be covered with a landscape batter, and planted with more than 100,000 trees, plants, and shrubs.

In addition to removing the level crossing, the community will benefit from a $10 million revitalisation. This includes upgrades to RF Miles Reserve, six kilometres of new walking and cycling paths from Eel Race Road in Carrum through Seaford and on to Frankston, and new community facilities as well as landscaping and streetscaping and urban design treatments on and around the rail bridge.

Works at Seaford are part of a massive $2 billion investment on the Frankston line which includes the removal of 13 level crossings and building 10 new stations.

There are now 28 dangerous and congested level crossings gone for good – exceeding the Labor Government’s commitment to remove 20 by the end of 2018.

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