Trains are running through the new rail underpass at Camp Road in Campbellfield for the first time ever – a full five days earlier than scheduled.
A major month-long construction blitz originally slated the Upfield line for reopening on Monday 18 December. But mild weather conditions and around-the-clock work for the first two weeks saw the rail track ready ahead of schedule.
Full services resumed from the first service on Wednesday 13 December.
Major works started on 15 November, and Camp Road reopened to traffic two weeks later on 30 November. The focus then shifted below the deck to the rail line where 90,000 cubic meters of soil was removed to allow the rail track infrastructure to be installed in the new 870-metre trench.
Removing the level crossing on this major arterial route will make travel safer and smoother for road and rail users.
With major construction complete and trains now running, only minor works and landscaping are still to come, with the project set for completion in early 2018.
Camp Road in Campbellfield is one of northern Melbourne’s busiest east–west arterial road. During the two-hour morning peak, the boom gates were down for about 10 minutes, causing delays and congestion for the 30,000 road users each day.
Now the boom gates on Camp Road have gone and the train line has reopened, both road and rail commuters in Melbourne’s north can enjoy a safer and less congested journey, all in time for the busy Christmas period.