On 13 January 2016 the boom gates at Burke Road were removed forever and the road re-opened. Motorists and pedestrians are now experiencing significantly safer and faster travel through this area, and trams are using the newly built super stop.

On 19 January the new Gardiner Station re-opened with the area transformed into a modern transport interchange. The station now has lowered platforms accessed via lifts and stairs, increased lighting, and clear information displays providing information on both tram and train timetables.

The project team has removed the crossing, demolished the old station and built a new modern station for the community, in just seven months.

On 4 April the commuter car park at Gardiner Station was re-opened, marking the completion of the major works at Burke Road.

A project team including John Holland and KBR removed the level crossing and rebuilt Gardiner Station. The project will also remove level crossings at North Road in Ormond, McKinnon Road in McKinnon and Centre Road in Bentleigh.

Design

This level crossing removal included:

  • lowering the rail line below Burke Road
  • rebuilding Gardiner Station where the car park was currently located
  • lowered platforms accessed via lifts and stairs
  • reconstructing the station car park to the north side of where the station was, providing the same number of spaces
  • building a walking and cycling path
  • consolidating three tram stops into one centre island platform stop on Burke Road for easy access to the station.

Night image of a train at the newly built Gardiner train station

Boom gate removal video

The Burke Road level crossing in Glen Iris is one of the first to go, with the project team removing the boom gates forever on Saturday 2 January 2016. The video below showcases this significant milestone in the Burke Road level crossing removal in what will be the first of many.

Time-lapse construction video

The video below shows a time-lapse of the 24 hour construction work as it unfolded in the January period during the removal of the level crossing.

Construction impacts

Gardiner Station

Further works to finalise the station forecourt and landscaping will continue until May 2016.

Gardiner Park

Gardiner Park is being used by the project team as a site office, storage area and parking site for workers during construction. The park will be restored to its previous condition after demobilisation of the site office.

Community

Local residents, businesses and other stakeholders have been kept up to date with the project and its progress via website updates, regular community updates and letterbox drops, local newspaper advertising, onsite information boards and community information displays.

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Publications

Burke Road Community Update - December 2015
Burke Road Community Update - October 2015
Burke Road Community Update - September 2015
Burke Road Community Update - August 2015
Burke Road Community Update - February 2016 

Map

Contact project team

To speak with the Burke Road Level Crossing Removal Project, call +61 3 9915 4788.

Alternatively you can email the Level Crossing Removal Authority at levelcrossings@ecodev.vic.gov.au