Works progress on more than 20 Melbourne level crossing removals

Cardinia Road boom gate removal, image courtesy of the Level Crossing Removal Project.

On average, one level crossing will be removed every four weeks in Melbourne throughout 2021.

Cherry Street, Werribee will become the 46th level crossing to have been removed in the program. On Thursday 11th of March crews will open the new road bridge to traffic.

Between Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach on the Frankston Line, five level crossings are set to be removed this year.

Works are months ahead of schedule at Swanpool Avenue, Chelsea Road and Argyle Avenue and crews are also progressing at Bonbeach and Edithvale.

For this project sections of the line will be lowered into trenches. Three new stations will also be built at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach.

This week the second phase of the Aviation Road Level Crossing Removal project has begun. With the level crossing removed in September 2019, crews are now building an underpass for commuters, pedestrians and cyclists in Laverton.

In the second quarter of 2021, an underpass will be built beneath the tracks at Aircraft Station to link the north and south sides of the rail line.

At Cardinia Road in Pakenham, crews returned to remove the old boom gates. The level crossing was removed late last year but the boom gates were left in position to minimise disruption to the rail line.

Landscaping is continuing at the Cardinia site with 38,000 trees, shrubs and grasses to be planted. More than a kilometre of new pedestrian and shared paths will open early next year, connecting residents to Cardinia Road Station, local bus stops and the Lakeside Shopping Centre.

Autumn will see works on 20 level crossing removals across Melbourne.

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