Glen Huntly’s ‘Big Dig’ project will soon be underway with level crossings being removed at Neerim and Glen Huntly roads and a new Glen Huntly station being delivered in Melbourne’s south-east.
The project, set to kick off on Friday 2 June 2023, is being prepared to begin a year ahead of schedule, with more than 2250 piles in place to make up the walls of the 1 kilometre rail trench, which will see trains run under Neerim and Glen Huntly roads.
During the construction blitz, more than 500 workers are expected to excavate the equivalent 65 Olympic swimming pools worth of soil, pour more than 30,000 cubic metres of concrete, install new tracks and signalling, and build the new station.
To get ready for excavation of the trench, there will be road closures in the area, including Glen Huntly Road from Friday 5 May until mid-July and Neerim Road from Monday 29 May until late June.
Buses will replace trains on the Frankston Line between Caulfield to Moorabbin during this time while crews get on with these works.
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The Glen Huntly Road level crossing removal is expected to reduce congestion and make tram and train journeys more reliable and safer for pedestrians, cyclists, passengers and drivers.
From mid-July, Glen Huntly Road will be boom gate-free and a new central tram stop will replace the dangerous tram square.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, said the works will revitalise the Glen Huntly station precinct.
“We’re powering ahead with our construction blitz, creating more open space, improving transport connections and making the community safer as we make the Frankston Line level crossing-free by 2029,” Allan said.
More than 20,000 vehicles travel through the level crossings each weekday, where the boom gates are down for almost an hour of the morning peak. More than 3000 people use Glen Huntly Station every weekday.
The Frankston Line is expected to be level crossing-free by 2029 with all 27 crossings gone for good and 17 new stations built.
Across Melbourne, the State Government is removing 110 level crossings by 2030, with 67 already gone for good.
The Glen Huntly station is set to open August 2023.
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