28 October 2016
A major construction blitz to remove two level crossings in St Albans is continuing, with new train tracks and new stations to open next week.
Level Crossing Removal Authority CEO Kevin Devlin said yesterday that despite a huge amount of progress to remove the two level crossings, October's exceptionally wet weather had impacted works, which will now take one extra day to complete.
"October has seen 30 per cent more rain than average, which has created extremely difficult ground conditions," Mr Devlin said.
"Work will be substantially completed by Sunday night, however the Monday before Cup Day will now be needed to conduct essential rail systems commissioning and safety testing before the rail line can re-open."
"The construction team has made amazing progress despite the conditions to get this section of track and the new stations back in service within a day of the planned time frame," Mr Devlin said.
Over the past three weeks:
- More than 47,000 cubic metres of earth has been excavated
- Both St Albans and Ginifer Stations have been demolished and the new stations are taking shape
- New rail tracks have been laid, along with signalling and overhead wires.
Mr Devlin confirmed that work would be complete in time for Metro and V/Line trains to resume on Tuesday. Buses will continue in the interim to ensure passengers can get where they need to go.
"We acknowledge this is an inconvenience to passengers who are no doubt looking forward to trains returning however the benefit will be making sure that the track and stations operate as efficiently, effectively and safely as they should from day one."
When trains return on Tuesday 1 November they will begin running on their new tracks, travelling under Main and Furlong Roads.
The project is on track for full completion by mid-2017.