We’re improving road safety and traffic flow in Bacchus Marsh with two major upgrades
Upgrades to transform the Cranbourne Line together with major rail projects, will create more frequent and reliable services. It will make room for 121,000 extra peak hour passengers each week across the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, and pave the way for a future rail extension to Clyde.
Eight kilometres of single track from Dandenong to Cranbourne will be duplicated, paving the way for trains every ten minutes on the Cranbourne Line.
This will help move trains more quickly through these stations, cutting delays and getting people home sooner.
A brand new Merinda Park station will also be built with dual platforms and better facilities. The site is now prepared to begin removing sections of the old station platform - with work to commence in August 2020.
Track duplication works will follow, and the project will be completed by 2023.
Level crossing removals
Eleven level crossings have already been removed on the Cranbourne Line, with four more to go. This will make the line the first to be level crossing-free.
Works to build a new road bridge to remove the Evans Road level crossing are underway, which will make it easier to travel between Merinda Park and Lynbrook stations. Construction will finish in 2020.
Designs continue to be refined for the new rail bridge that will remove the level crossing at Greens Road in Dandenong South by 2023.
Webster Street in Dandenong and Camms Road in Cranbourne will be gone by 2025.
Bigger, better trains
Passengers in Cranbourne and Pakenham will be the first to benefit from new bigger trains in 2020.
The first of 65 new High Capacity Metro Trains will start running on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines in 2020 and will travel through the Metro Tunnel when it opens in 2025.
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Major works underway on Cranbourne Line UpgradeCranbourne Line Upgrade
Planning and procurement commenced in 2019, with construction to start in 2021 and finish by 2025
The Cranbourne Line Upgrade is being delivered by the Level Crossing Removal Project. Visit the project page for more information.
Barwon Heads Road Duplication
4 kms of Barwon Heads Road between Settlement Road and Reserve Road will be duplicated, and investigating the potential for duplicating a further 6 kms from Reserve Road to Lower Duneed Road
Chandler Highway Upgrade
Upgrading Chandler Highway to improve traffic flow between Melbourne's inner east, south and north.
Fast Rail to Geelong
Investigating a preferred option for a fast rail link between Melbourne and Geelong
Hallam Road Upgrade
Improving safety, traffic flow and access to public transport from Ormond Road to the South Gippsland Highway
High Capacity Metro Trains
Bigger, better trains and modern infrastructure to transport more people, more often
Hurstbridge Line Upgrade
Removing bottlenecks on the Hurstbridge line and improving the frequency and reliability of services
We’re making Melbourne’s freeway network safer and less congested by upgrading the M80 Ring Road from the Princes Freeway to the Greensborough Highway.
Melbourne Airport Rail
Connecting Melbourne Airport to all metropolitan and regional rail lines via Sunshine
North East Link
Victoria's biggest road project - connecting the missing link in Melbourne's freeway network
O'Herns Road Upgrade
Upgrading O’Herns Road and High Street intersection and building a new interchange at the Hume Freeway
Plenty Road Upgrade
Creating better traffic flow on Plenty Road, between McKimmies Road and Bridge Inn Road
Streamlining Hoddle Street
Improved traffic flow and access for public transport users, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians travelling through Hoddle Street and Punt Road
Suburban Roads Upgrade Program
Upgrading priority roads in Melbourne’s north and south eastern suburbs
Sunbury Line Upgrade
Enabling more modern trains to run on the line, creating room for 113,000 more passengers every week
Swan Street Bridge Upgrade
Adding an extra lane for drivers heading east and providing safer and better access for joggers and cyclists
Thompsons Road Upgrade
Removing the level crossing near Merinda Park Station, duplicating a stretch of Thompsons Road and upgrading the intersection at Frankston-Dandenong Road.
Transport is changing in Pakenham
Building a new super station and improving roads and rail services for Pakenham and surrounds
West Gate Tunnel
A vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge to free up traffic and remove thousands of trucks from residential streets in Melbourne’s west
Upgrading Western Victoria's key transport corridor, making journeys safer and quicker.
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