The Victorian Government has announced the timeline for the Cranbourne Line Upgrade which will remove the last four level crossings and fully duplicate the line.
The upgrades will be delivered in stages to ensure works can be coordinated and completed efficiently.
Works are already underway to build a new road bridge over the rail line at Evans Road to reduce congestion.
The Greens Road level crossing in Dandenong South will be the next to be removed.
The crossing is located in a commercial and industrial area and will be removed by a new rail bridge over the road. Works are set to start in 2020 and the crossing will be gone by 2022.
Eleven level crossings have already been removed on the Cranbourne line to reduce congestion along the route.
Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said, the unprecedented investment in rail and road for Melbourne’s booming south east is vital to allow locals to get home safer and sooner.
There are further technical investigations and community consultation to come for crossings at Webster Street in Dandenong and Camms Road in Cranbourne.
By 2025 these level crossings will be removed which will make the Cranbourne line will be the first to be level crossing free.
Currently about 39,000 vehicles travel through the remaining level crossings each day and that figure is expected to grow to 55,000 by 2026.