More than $1 billion is being invested as part of the Cranbourne Line Upgrade, which includes duplicating eight kilometres of track between Dandenong and Cranbourne. This work will remove the single-track bottlenecks that stop trains being able to pass one another.
This will mean building additional rail bridges at Abbotts Road and Eumemmerring Creek, and rebuilding Merinda Park Station to provide two new platforms and better facilities for the 1100 passengers who use it each weekday.
Works will start next year and the track duplication will be completed by 2023.
All level crossings along the Cranbourne Line will be removed by 2025.
Another important piece to this puzzle is the removal of the remaining level crossings between Dandenong and Cranbourne:
- Webster Street, Dandenong
- Greens Road, Dandenong South
- Evans Road, Lyndhurst
- Camms Road, Cranbourne.
Work is already underway to build a new road bridge at Evans Road, while construction to remove the Greens Road level crossing will start in 2020. A new rail bridge will be built over Greens Road and the crossing will be gone by the end of 2022.