Level crossing removal projects: 1 newly complete, 3 about to go, 2 enter consultation phase

Level crossing removal projects: 1 newly complete, 3 about to go, 2 enter consultation phase
Level crossing removal projects: 1 newly complete, 3 about to go, 2 enter consultation phase

The Kororoit Creek Road level crossing in Williamstown North has been completed one week ahead of schedule just as community consultation starts ramping up on the Moreland Road, Brunswick and Bell Street, Coburg level crossing removal projects.

On Monday the Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, announced trains would start to roll again on the Altona Loop today (Monday), one week ahead of schedule at the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing removal program in Williamstown North.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority has built a new rail bridge over the road and has also duplicated a portion of the Altona loop line from the junction with the main Werribee Line to Kororoit Creek itself.

Another construction blitz is set to start in late August with the government confirming buses will replace trains on some sections of the Craigieburn between August 24th and September 9th to enable work to ramp up on the Buckley Street level crossing.

Buckley Street itself will be closed for a period of 52 days from the evening on August 9th.

For a period of six weeks, Seaford Road and Railway Parade will be closed from August 17th to enable the Seaford Road level crossing to be removed.  Buses will replace trains southwards from Carrum on the weekend of 18th-19th August and the 8th and 16th of September.

Buckley Street and Seaford Road road underpasses will both be re-opened to traffic at the end of their respective shutdown periods.

Between August 28th and the 8th of September, buses will replace trains between Dandenong and Cranbourne as work enters the final stretch on the Abbotts Road level crossing removal project in Dandenong South.

Abbotts Road like Skye/Overton Road north of Frankston is a rail bridge over the existing road level.

Level crossing removal projects: 1 newly complete, 3 about to go, 2 enter consultation phase
Rail over road scenario for Bell Street would also see Munro Street level crossing removed. Image: LXRA

Originally announced as part of a wider package two years ago, the Moreland Road (Brunswick) and Bell Street (Coburg) level crossing removal projects are now entering their main public consultation phase.

Diagrams posted on the Level Crossing Removal Authority's website show that in both cases road under rail or road over rail design and engineering solutions have been ruled out for those two-level crossing removals.

If a rail over road solution is chosen, in Coburg's case, there is an added bonus that Munro Street would also be removed at the same time as completing Bell Street's level crossing removal.

Community drop-in sessions were held last week however feedback can still be lodged on levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor is a co-founder of Urban.com.au. Now a freelance writer, Alastair focuses on the intersection of public transport, public policy and related impacts on medium and high-density development.

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