Nine-day excavation project begins on the Craigieburn Line in VIC

Site works at Glenroy, courtesy of the Level Crossing Removal Project.

Crews are undertaking a nine-day excavation project to remove soil along the Craigieburn line in Glenroy, Victoria.

Works will help to remove the level crossing at Glenroy Road and build a brand new train station.

The team began preparation for this excavation in March and they will now remove four olympic swimming pools worth of soil from the rail line during the construction blitz. Over the whole project 30 olympic swimming pools of soil will be removed.

Crews are expected to hit basalt rock – as the rail corridor is built on top of the Western Victorian Volcanic Plain, which is the third largest rock formation of its type in the world. These works will cause higher than normal levels of noise, dust and vibration.

In Glenroy, regional workers will use the blitz to continue with the next stage of the Shepparton line upgrade carrying out bridge repairs, track maintenance and other critical works.

The Glenroy Road level crossing will be gone, and the new Glenroy Station open for passengers in 2022 as part of a massive pipeline of work to improve transport in the northern suburbs.

Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said in 2021 we’ll be removing one level crossing, on average, every single month. That’s a cracking pace and it’s exciting to see progress unfold at sites all over Melbourne.

“I want to thank the local community for their patience over the coming months – but we know the end result will be worth it. This crossing is one of the most congested in Melbourne, it’s time for it to go.”

Work is now underway at 22 level crossing sites around Melbourne, with 46 of 75 dangerous and congested level crossings already removed.

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