Level crossing removals

Test trains start rolling on the new rails to Mernda

Test trains have begun running on the new rail infrastructure that has been built as part of the Mernda extension of the South Morang line in Melbourne's outer north east. Trains used to run as far as Whittlesea 60 years ago before the line was truncated. Metro services were extended from Epping to South Morang in 2012, the latest extension project to Mernda brings trains back to within 7-8km of Whittlesea. The impetus for rebuilding the railway...

Forget Carnegie, Murrumbeena, the real expense in expanding the Dandenong corridor lies elsewhere

Comment Hold your horses, before everyone gets too excited about extended length trains or quadruple tracks between Caulfield and Oakleigh that will likely force property acquisition in an area that's just seen - still seeing rather - a change in its rail corridor, everyone should sit down with a warm cup of tea and breathe. The goal of quadruplication - adding another two tracks to an existing two-track rail corridor - is to allow faster...

Trains resume on Dandenong and Frankston rail corridors

Despite some unrelated signalling issues around Cardinia Road on Monday morning, the trains are back and all the level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong have been removed in south east Melbourne's busiest rail corridor. Likewise, the new Frankston station was opened to passengers today that will also see Frankston trains use the new Skye/Overton Road bridges. Frankston line trains will also be using new temporary track through the site...

Level crossing removal construction blitz for Altona as mobile Myki trial announced

The Altona loop is next in line to get the construction blitz treatment with the level crossing removal programme for the area set to shut the line down for approximately six weeks. Between the 16th of June and the 29th of July buses will replace trains on the Altona Loop as work continues to remove the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing. Contracts were signed in May 2017 for the Altona Loop line level crossing removal at the same time as...

Bonbeach and Edithvale level crossing removals delayed by EES

In a not-so-surprising move, the commencement of construction on the level crossing removals at Edithvale (Edithvale Road) and Bonbeach (Bondi Road) have been delayed by at least a year due to the Level Crossing Removal Authority determining an environmental effects statement (EES) must be conducted for the two sites. At the same time, the Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, on Sunday morning also announced that Station Road in Seaford...

Only two level crossings remain between the City and Ringwood

With rail services recommencing operations between Box Hill and Ringwood this morning after the completion of major works on Heatherdale Road and Blackburn road level crossing removal projects, there remains only two level crossings between Flinders Street and Ringwood. Located at Mont Albert Road and Union Road, the latter of which saw a horrific accident last year, these two level crossings, if they were to be reprioritised - perhaps even...

The new St Albans and Ginifer stations - in pictures

The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, has held a re-opening of St Albans and Ginifer stations ceremony this morning with trains now running on the new grade separated alignment. In both cases, the rail line was lowered beneath the road grade. Before the metro services were extended to Watergardens (and subsequently Sunbury), St Albans used to be the terminus and had a third, terminating, platform. This legacy terminating and stabling...

Buckley Street and Camp Road level crossings to be fast-tracked

One day after the Port of Melbourne lease announcement, the Victorian Government has brought forward 11 level crossing removals, two of which - Buckley Street in Essendon and Camp Road in Campbellfield - will be fast-tracked with work commencing next year and complete by 2019. The 11 level crossings have been split into two packages with both now out to tender. The "North Western" package has five sites. As well as the two fast-tracked projects...

Further Dandenong corridor design details emerge

The Level Crossing Removal Authority's website has been updated once again with a new consultation space as well as new renders of the proposed station rebuilds. Similarly a series of videos have been uploaded in a 'meet the experts' section of the website with members of the team working on different aspects of the project: acoustics, landscaping, urban design and construction. As with Sunday's article , select a title to go to the specific...

It's elevated rail for the Dandenong corridor level crossing removals

The Victorian Government has announced that it will proceed with an elevated rail solution for grade separating the nine level crossings that currently exist between Caufield and Dandenong stations. Likewise on Sunday afternoon the Level Crossings Removal Authority website has released a video and provided details on each of the sites where a level crossing will be removed. The project is set to cost $1.6 billion in total and by elevating the...

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