Victoria’s Big Build continues to create thousands of jobs across Melbourne’s south east, through record investment in transport infrastructure projects. We’re connecting communities and getting Victorians where they need to go safer and sooner.
Construction of the Mordialloc Freeway recently passed the halfway mark. When finished, it will play a key role in easing congestion by connecting the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and the Dingley Bypass.
As part of the project, bridges will be built over Springvale, Governor, Lower Dandenong, Old Dandenong and Centre Dandenong Roads, along with new freeway entry and exit ramps.
Drivers will also benefit from Stage 2 of the Monash Freeway upgrade. We’re working to add an extra 36 kilometres of lanes and use smart traffic management systems to keep vehicles moving to and from the CBD and further across to Melbourne’s west.
Construction to transform busy and congested traffic hotspots into efficient transport corridors continues. Road users in the south east will benefit from smarter roads with the installation of more traffic cameras and road management IT systems to organise traffic flow and reduce congestion.
The Thompsons Road Upgrade, completed in mid 2020, duplicated 10.7 kilometres of road, removed a level crossing and replaced a roundabout with traffic lights to improve connectivity to EastLink.
Major construction on the Hallam Road upgrade was also completed earlier in 2020, to improve safety and efficiency at the intersection of the South Gippsland Highway and Hallam Road.
Work is about to begin on upgrades of suburban roads that support the wider transport network, including Hallam North Road and Heatherton Road in Endeavour Hills, and Lathams Road in Seaford and Carrum Downs. Construction will also begin in late 2021 on key upgrades to South Road in Moorabbin and Narre Warren North Road.
Planning continues on Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road in Pakenham, Pound Road West in Dandenong South, Golf Links Road in Langwarrin South, and Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, Hall Road and Western Port Highway in Cranbourne.
Level crossing removals
To date, 24 level crossings are gone for good in the south east and 12 new train stations have been built. Another 18 level crossings will be removed to further improve travel and revitalise community spaces.
Along the Cranbourne Line, long-awaited works to build a second track continue in tandem with level crossing removal works at Greens Road in Dandenong South, where a new rail bridge is rising from the ground. By 2023 trains will be able to run every 10 minutes on the line, which will also deliver a brand-new Merinda Park Station.
The Metro Tunnel will take the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines through a dedicated new tunnel, allowing more trains to run and freeing up space in the City Loop for increased services on other lines, including the Frankston Line.
Melbourne Airport Rail and Suburban Rail Loop
Journeys to and from the airport will become easier with direct access from the Cranbourne-Pakenham lines via the Melbourne Airport Rail, while the Suburban Rail Loop will connect the south east by rail to employment, education and health precincts across Melbourne’s suburbs.