We’re getting on with the job of removing the dangerous and congested level crossing at Robinsons Road, Deer Park by building a road underpass under the rail line.

Major construction is underway at Robinsons Road, which includes excavating the rail line and building a bridge for trains to cross the underpass.

The new underpass will provide reduced travel times, better local connections and easier access to services.

The level crossings at Robinsons Road and Mt Derrimut Road in Deer Park, and Fitzgerald Road in Ardeer will be removed along the Geelong and Ballarat lines.

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.

Approximately 53,000 vehicles travel through the Fitzgerald Road, Robinsons Road and Mt Derrimut Road level crossings each weekday. There has been one serious collision at these sites since 2005, and 18 near misses since 2012.

Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Geelong and Ballarat lines, meaning more boom gate downtime.

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