Many people may not realise it but building walking and cycling infrastructure across Melbourne is a huge part of what the Level Crossing Removal Project does as part of its everyday work.
The new infrastructure around stations and rail corridors is improving local accessibility and station access; providing opportunities for people to enjoy walking and cycling for recreation and transport.
Since 2015, more than 27 kilometres of new bicycle and pedestrian paths have been built as part of level crossing removal works, while 29 level crossings have been removed. Between Caulfield and Dandenong, a new 17-kilometre shared path – known as Djerring Trail – has been opened under the newly elevated sections of the Cranbourne-Pakenham line.
The trail offers a safe connection to stations as well as local schools and sports destinations, including Noble Park Secondary College, Noble Park Aquatic Centre, and the EastLink Trail. Alongside the rail trail and new facilities such as sports courts, a significant amount of green space has been created, home to thousands of trees and shrubs at Noble Park.
Across town in Melbourne’s growing northern suburbs, eight kilometres of duplicated rail line has been built between South Morang and Mernda. One of the many benefits of this rail extension is the construction of four kilometres of new shared paths. Combined with existing paths and trails, this contributes to a transport route, connecting pedestrians and cyclists between Mernda and South Morang, and then on to the Darebin Creek Trail as well as other nearby cycling and walking paths.
Complementing the new Mernda rail line, the path opens up transport connections, and employment and entertainment opportunities for thousands living in the area.
Across all level crossing removal sites and the Mernda Rail Extension, cycling and walking paths have been built or extended, improving facilities for many communities. Other bike facilities, such as bicycle hoops and Parkiteer cages that provide secure storage, have been installed at the 18 new train stations rebuilt as part of project works. Combined with improved access routes, these facilities are making it safer, faster and more convenient to walk and cycle to your local station.
With a further 46 level crossings set to be removed over the next seven years, the possibilities for improving connections for cyclists and pedestrians across the city and suburbs are enormous. Why not give riding or walking to your local station a go? It’s good for you and the environment too.
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