The Level Crossing Removal Authority was established in 2015 by the Victorian Government to oversee the largest rail infrastructure project in the state's history.
Level Crossing Removal Authority is an Administrative Office established in relation to the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.
Level Crossing Removal Project
Central to the project is the elimination of 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across metropolitan Melbourne by 2022, in addition to upgrading or constructing more than 20 train stations; laying many kilometres of new track; and making associated rail improvements.
Over the past two and a half years, 15 level crossings have been removed and eight train stations upgraded, with 13 other level crossing sites in construction. Up to 28 level crossings will be removed by the end of 2018, with 35 of the 50 removals expected to be completed or underway by this time.
Benefits of removing level crossings
- deliver significant safety improvements for drivers and pedestrians
- improve travel around Melbourne – whether you're a train user, pedestrian, cyclist or driver
- get people home safer and faster
- make our roads more reliable, enabling people to better predict their travel times
- stimulate economic growth by creating thousands of jobs during construction
- revitalise local communities, with many areas benefiting from station rebuilds
- enable more trains to run more often and on time.
Mernda Rail Extension Project
Opening in 2019, the Mernda Rail Extension will help connect Melbourne’s north to work, study and entertainment.
Melbourne’s north is one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas. To meet the need for more local transport services, eight kilometres of rail line is being built from South Morang Station to the future Mernda Town Centre.
Three new stations are expected to cater for up to 8000 commuters a day, helping to ease congestion along Plenty Road. A new shared walking and cycling path will connect the stations and provide alternative transport options.
Keeping communities informed about construction and consulted on potential local impacts is vital for the delivery of the level crossing removal project.
There will be many opportunities to be informed and involved, including newsletters, advertising, signage, community information sessions, community forums and social media. View the progress of each level crossing to be removed.
View opportunities for community involvement by visiting Your Level Crossing.
Stakeholder Liaison Groups
Stakeholder Liaison Groups comprised of local businesses, community groups and residents are being established for level crossing projects in construction. The groups meet regularly with project teams to provide local community and business feedback, and have an important role to share information within communities.
With so many level crossings removals over eight years, we know there will be short-term construction impacts and inconveniences.
These will include occupations of railway lines and road closures as we go about this important work. We are considering the best way to deliver the 50 removals – at the same time as making sure Melbourne keeps moving – in a strategic plan currently being developed. Other construction impacts, including noise and dust, are also anticipated.
We will provide as much information as possible to locals and commuters about construction impacts, including detours, bus replacements, alternative parking, traffic management and local impacts.
View construction and disruption details for your level crossing.
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