The countdown is on to Melbourne’s 59th level crossing removal at Hallam Road with the boom gates officially removed on Friday night during the ongoing construction blitz.
The dangerous and congested level crossing is the site of 14 near misses in the past 10 years – 11 involving pedestrians and 3 involving vehicles.
By early April the level crossing will be gone for good and traffic flowing freely beneath the 394m elevated rail bridge, improving safety and slashing travel times for 20,000 vehicles per day in Melbourne’s booming south-east.
Removing the level crossing at Hallam Road will be the first major milestone for the project, which will culminate with the opening of a new, elevated Hallam Station in early May.
The new station features entrances on both sides of Hallam Road, a new forecourt, more bike storage and improved parking, and safer pedestrian and cycling links through the station precinct.
Plan ahead for disruptions
Motorists and commuters are asked to plan ahead and allow extra travel time, with ongoing road and rail disruptions scheduled until early May to allow crews to carry out work safely.
Buses have replaced trains between Dandenong and Pakenham stations until the last service on Monday 21 March, with trains using the new elevated rail bridge from Tuesday 22 March.
Hallam Road has been closed at the level crossing until Saturday 2 April. Bus stops have been moved during this time to allow crews to remove the existing rail line and re-build the road.
A shuttle bus is running along Hallam Road to connect bus passengers and pedestrians to their PTV bus stops and to cross the level crossing.
Access to adjacent businesses and residences is being maintained and detour routes via Pound Road and Princes Highway will be in place.
The existing Hallam Station has also been closed until the new station opens to passengers on Monday 2 May.
During this time, trains will run express through Hallam Station, with shuttle buses connecting passengers to Dandenong, Hallam and Narre Warren stations. For more details on accessing bus replacements and road closures visit our disruptions page.
Pakenham Line closer to being level crossing free
Every level crossing on the Pakenham Line is being removed for good, paving the way for more services, more often, when the Metro Tunnel opens, and high-capacity trains are rolled out by 2025.
It follows the removal of the Clyde Road level crossing last month – the 12th level crossing a thing of the past on the Pakenham Line, with 10 more to go to make it boom-gate free by 2025
In total, 85 level crossings will be removed by 2025 – with 58 already gone for good – improving safety and reducing congestion in Melbourne’s suburbs.