The dangerous and congested level crossings at North, McKinnon and Centre Roads in Melbourne’s south east will be gone by August, six months ahead of schedule.
Acting premier James Merlino joined minister for public transport, Jacinta Allan, to announce the 37-day construction blitz. “We’re not wasting a single day removing these three dangerous and congested level crossings that have plagued communities for more than a century,” said Merlino. Soon these relics of the past will be gone, six months ahead of schedule.”
He added: “Removing these level crossings has been in the ‘too hard basket’ for too long. After years of excuses – we’re getting it done.”
To enable the works to happen safely and efficiently, a section of the Frankston rail line will be closed for over a month, with thousands of bus services replacing trains.
When trains resume, the level crossings will be gone. Three new stations will open progressively in August.
“Removing these crossings will reduce traffic congestion, improve public transport and make these communities safer. There will be disruption while these works occur, but it will be worth it,” said Allan.