The Victorian Government will remove four level crossings in Melbourne as part of a construction blitz in February.
Work has begun to remove the dangerous and congested level crossing on Buckley Street in Essendon, where construction crews will begin to relocate underground utilities, remove vegetation and establish work sites as part of the $114 million project.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Acting Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan visited Noble Park to meet workers as they gear up for the removal of three crossings at Corrigan, Heatherton and Chandler Roads.
At Noble Park, three sets of boom gates will go down for the final time on 29 January. Work will then begin to install overhead wiring, lay communications cable and connect the new elevated train tracks to the existing ones.
Noble Park’s crossings are notorious for causing not only nightmare traffic but posing a real risk to safety.
“We said we’d remove these dangerous relics and in just a few weeks they’ll be gone for good,” said Andrews.
“We’re getting it done – removing the dangerous level crossings that clog local streets, put lives at risk and stop us running more trains.”