The biggest level crossing removal program in Victoria’s history will be undertaken this winter, as work ramps up on major projects across the city.
More than 1,000 people will work around the clock from July, to remove four level crossings on the Upfield Line – at Munro, Reynard and Bell streets, and Moreland Road.
On the Frankston Line, rail trenches will be excavated and new stations built ahead of the removal of level crossings at Park and Charman Roads in Cheltenham, and Balcombe Road in Mentone.
There will also be significant level crossing removal works over winter in Lyndhurst, Pakenham, Berwick, Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach, Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Mooroolbark and Lilydale.
Early work starts on North East Link
Work on the state’s largest road project, North East Link, will mean changes to local traffic conditions along Greensborough Road and Bulleen Road. Crews will move more than 34 kilometres of gas, water, sewer pipes and drains to pave the way for major construction in 2021.
There will also be closures on the Hume Freeway to build a new interchange as part of the O’Herns Road Upgrade and lanes closures to upgrade the M80 Ring Road from Sydney Road to Edgars Road.
Construction on the new Town Hall Station will ramp up, with an underground pedestrian connection to Flinders Street Station to be built to connect the Metro Tunnel to the existing train network.
This will mean that from early June, vehicles travelling on St Kilda Road will no longer be able to turn left into Flinders Street, ensuring pedestrians and road users are safely separated.
In Melbourne’s west
West Gate Tunnel works will continue during June and July, with more ramp and overnight closures on the West Gate Freeway and works on Footscray Road to build the piers for the new elevated road.
The Princes Freeway will also be closed in mid to late June to demolish the old Duncans Road bridge as part of the Western Roads Upgrade.
Bendigo and Sunbury lines
Track renewal and maintenance works will take place on the Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca lines. The Sunbury Line Upgrade will also continue in late June with major track, power and platform upgrades to enable more modern trains to run on the line when the Metro Tunnel opens.
Roads in the south-east
Upgrades continue on the Monash Freeway, while the Frankston-Dandenong Road and Thompsons Road intersection will close in June so crews can do four months’ work in five weeks.