Major transport network shutdowns announced across March & April

Major transport network shutdowns announced across March & April
Major transport network shutdowns announced across March & April

Spring Street has forewarned the travelling public to expect delays over March and April as major shutdowns occur on key parts of the city's transport network.

From the 16th of March to the 29th of April, the Hurstbridge line will be shut down with buses replacing trains between Clifton Hill and Macleod/Greensborough. 

The Hurstbridge line shutdown will occur in order to complete the Grange Road and Lower Plenty Road grade separation projects as well as open the duplicated track section between Heidelberg and the new Rosanna Station.

Grange Road in Alphington will be closed to traffic between Heidelberg Road and Darling Street between the 16th of March and the 6th of April, Lower Plenty Road will be closed to traffic between the 16th and 19th of March.  Lower Plenty Road will again be closed between the 30th of March and the 16th of April between Ellesmere Parade and Turnham Avenue.

On the Cranbourne line, buses will replace trains between Dandenong and Cranbourne for three days starting March 23rd for the Thompson Road level crossing removal project and the next major shutdown on the Caulfield to Dandenong segment will start on the 30th of March until the 16oth of April.

This rail network shutdown relates to the completion and commissioning of the Clayton segment on the Dandenong corridor.  

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.

Spring Street media release

Early station works at the new Anzac station & existing Domain tram interchange will force the replacement of tram services with buses between the Commercial Road and Shrine of Remembrance stops for all St Kilda Road tram routes between the 5th and 17th of April.  Likewise, the 58 tram will not run between Toorak Road West and Park Street between the 1st of April and the 17th of April.

Road over Rail selected for Aviation Road

Aviation Road which crosses in front of Aircraft station has had its level crossing removal solution selected with the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) announcing Aviation Road will be raised over the existing rail tracks.

A new pedestrian underpass will be built where Aviation Road currently crosses the rail tracks with the new road bridge rising within the rail reserve on both sides of the tracks.

A community information session is being held at the Laverton Community Hub on Saturday the 17th of March from 2pm.

Construction at Aviation Road and Aircraft station is expected to start later in the year.

Major transport network shutdowns announced across March & April
The selected design solution for grade separating Aviation Road at Aircraft station - image: LXRA

Lead image credit: LXRA.

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor is a co-founder of 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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