Three dangerous and congested level crossings in Noble Park are set to be removed before the end of summer, as part of a massive summer construction blitz.
The crossings targeted for removal are Corrigan, Heatherton and Chandler Roads. The boom gates went down for the last time on Monday, and work began to install overhead wiring, lay communications cable, and connect the new elevated train tracks to the existing ones.
This work will be completed by the middle of February. Meanwhile, buses will replace trains between Westall and Dandenong.
Noble Park’s crossings are notorious for causing nightmare traffic and posing a real risk to safety. There were 60 near misses or collisions across the three level crossings between 2011 and 2017, including an incident in 2016 where a car was clipped by a train at Chandler Road.
Work has also begun to remove the dangerous and congested level crossing on Buckley Street in Essendon. In the coming weeks, construction crews will begin to relocate underground utilities, remove vegetation and establish work sites.
The Buckley Street level crossing is one of Melbourne’s worst. The boom gates are down for about 78 minutes during the two-hour morning peak, causing congestion, frustration and delays for the 11,000 drivers that use it each day.
The level crossing removal project is a major success for the State Government, with 11 already gone and all nine between Caulfield and Dandenong on track to be removed by the end of the year.
“We thank commuters for their patience while we get this work done,” said Acting Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan. “We’re ahead of schedule and the end result will be worth it.”