Major works kicked off in July 2021 to remove the Fitzgerald Road Level Crossing by building a road bridge over the rail line.

The Fitzgerald Road crossing will be removed along with Robinsons Road and Mt Derrimut Road on the Geelong and Ballarat lines to ease congestion across the network.

The boom gates in Deer Park and Ardeer can be down for up to 45% of the morning peak, when up to 37 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Geelong and Ballarat lines, meaning more boom gate downtime.

The project has been fast tracked for completion by 2023.

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