The level crossing on Clyde Road in Berwick, south-east Melbourne is officially gone for good, marking the 58th level crossing removed by the Victorian Government.
The level crossing at Clyde Road, Berwick was removed by building a road underpass beneath the rail line.
Around 22,000 vehicles travel through the Clyde Road, Berwick level crossing each day, with the boom gates down for up to a third of the morning peak. Removing this level crossing will improve safety and traffic flow, while creating better local connections to the nearby residential, health and education precincts.
The project also includes new open space and the development of a new shared use path, which opened to the community today.
The path runs from the new Berwick Station bus interchange at Enterprise Avenue, providing better walking and cycling links to nearby residential, health and education precincts.
The new Berwick Station bus interchange – which will double the number of bus bays and improve accessibility for passengers – is scheduled for completion later this year. More than 37,000 trees, plants and shrubs will also be planted as part of the project.
The Clyde Road level crossing is the 12th to be removed along the Pakenham line, with 10 more to go to make it boom-gate free by 2025, paving the way for more services more often for commuters in Melbourne’s south-east.
Victoria Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said the project would provide a boost for road safety in the region.
“The Berwick community will benefit from never being stuck at the level crossing again – with improved travel times and safer journeys as they travel throughout the area,” Allan said.
The Victorian Government is getting rid of 85 level crossings across Melbourne by 2025.
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