Construction blitz to see 10 VIC level crossings removed by Christmas

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Lift shafts at Edithvale alongside the Frankston line. Image courtesy of Victorian Government

Victoria is on track to remove 50 dangerous level crossings before the end of the year, a year ahead of schedule.

The Frankston, Lilydale, Pakenham and Williamstown lines will all see level crossings removed by Christmas.

Work on the South Gippsland Highway (Dandenong South), Manchester Road (Mooroolbark), Maroondah Highway (Lilydale), Edithvale Road (Edithvale), Lochiel Avenue (Edithvale) and Chelsea Road (Chelsea) level crossings are on track to have their level crossings removed this year.

So will Swanpool Avenue (Chelsea), Argyle Road (Chelsea) Bondi Road (Bonbeach) and Ferguson Street (Williamstown).

In addition to the constructions, six new stations will also be built at Edithvale, Chelsea, Bonbeach, Lilydale, Mooroolbark and North Williamstown.

As part of the work, Thames Promenade will be extended to the Nepean Highway. The extension will create a direct connection to major arterial roads, including the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and future Mordialloc Freeway.

The brand-new Mooroolbark and Lilydale stations will open on 25 October 2021.

A 45-day construction blitz will see crews work 24/7 to construct rail bridges over Manchester Road and the Maroondah Highway and build the new Mooroolbark and Lilydale stations.

This will require buses to replace trains between Ringwood and Lilydale from 10 September to 24 October.

Work on a multi-deck car park for Mooroolbark is set to be completed in 2022. The car park will double commuter spaces to 900 patrons.

Lilydale station will close on 10 September. Meanwhile, the Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach stations will close on 25 July for demolition.

Six level crossings on the Frankston line are set to be removed in the space of just three months. The Victorian Government is removing 18 crossings and building 12 new stations for the Frankston line as part of a $3 billion upgrade.

Buses will replace trains on sections of the Frankston and Stony point lines as a result of the construction.

Since 2016, the Victorian Government has removed 46 level crossings, built 26 new and upgraded stations and delivered 30 kilometres of bike paths. A total of 75 level crossings are being removed by 2025 — with one being removed on average every 4 weeks this year.

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