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More level crossing removals on the way

30 Nov 2018

A further 25 level crossings will be removed by 2025, in addition to the 50 already planned, underway or completed.

On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is overseeing the removal of 75 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne by 2025.

Already, 29 level crossings have been removed in three years.

These new sites have been prioritised and selected using four key principles:

  • Safety: prioritise sites with a record of incidents or a high risk of incidents
  • Movement: prioritise sites where excessive delays caused by high train frequencies and high traffic volumes cause delay and unreliable journeys
  • Place: prioritise sites where the level crossing divides communities and impedes access to important facilities
  • Delivery: prioritise sites where there is an opportunity to increase investment efficiency and minimise disruption by delivering jointly with other projects.

View the Site Prioritisation Framework

A preliminary assessment has been undertaken for each of the new sites to identify a recommended design, based on engineering requirements and site conditions. Further engineering assessments and community engagement will also take place.

Removing these additional 25 level crossings is a $6.6 billion investment, with further details on community engagement, planning and construction timeframes to come.

Level Crossing Removal Sites

See which level crossings have been prioritised for removal on each of the following train lines:

  • Sunbury line
    • Gap Road, Sunbury

      Using the Site Prioritisation Framework, the crossing at Gap Road in Sunbury has been identified as a priority site for future removal.

      The boom gates at Gap Road can be down for up to 26 per cent of the 7:00am to 9:00am peak, when up to 24 trains run through the crossing. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Sunbury line, meaning more boom gate downtime.

      Along the Sunbury line, three level crossings have already been removed under the current Level Crossing Removal Project at Main Road and Furlong Road in St Albans, and at Melton Highway in Sydenham.

      The removal of the Gap Road level crossing in Sunbury would be the fourth to be removed along the Sunbury line, which would leave only four level crossings remaining between Sunbury Station and the city.

      To find out more about these level crossings, read the fact sheet and watch the video below.

  • Mernda line
    • Cramer Street, Preston

      Murray Road, Preston

      Oakover Road, Preston

      Using the Site Prioritisation Framework, crossings at Cramer Street, Murray Road and Oakover Road in Preston have been identified as priority sites for future removal.

      The boom gates at the three sites in Preston can be down for up to 40 per cent of the 7:00am to 9:00am peak, when up to 32 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Mernda line, meaning more boom gate downtime.

      The level crossings at High Street in Reservoir and Bell Street in Preston are also planned for removal. The removal of level crossings at Cramer Street, Murray Road and Oakover Road would take the total number of crossings removed on the Mernda line to five.

      To find out more about these level crossings, read the fact sheet and watch the video below.

  • Werribee line
    • Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing

      Using the Site Prioritisation Framework, the crossing at Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing has been identified as a priority site for future removal.

      The boom gates in Hoppers Crossing can be down for up to 36 per cent of the 7:00am to 9:00am peak, when up to 25 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Werribee line, meaning more boom gate downtime.

      Along the Werribee line, the level crossing at Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North – on the Altona Loop – has already been removed under the current Level Crossing Removal Project, with level crossings still to be removed at Aviation Road in Laverton, and at Werribee and Cherry streets in Werribee.

      The removal of the Old Geelong Road level crossing in Hoppers Crossing would be the fifth to be removed along the Werribee line, leaving only three level crossings between Newport and Werribee stations, excluding those on the Altona Loop.

      To find out more about these level crossings, read the fact sheet and watch the video below.

  • Frankston line
    • Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly

      Neerim Road, Glen Huntly

      Using the Site Prioritisation Framework, crossings at Glen Huntly Road and Neerim Road in Glen Huntly have been identified as priority sites for future removal.

      The boom gates at these sites can be down for up to 58 per cent of the 7:00am to 9:00am peak, when up to 40 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Frankston line, meaning more boom gate downtime.

      As part of the current program of works, five level crossings have been removed on the Frankston line at North Road in Ormond, McKinnon Road in McKinnon, Centre Road in Bentleigh, Skye/Overton Road in Frankston and Seaford Road in Seaford.

      A further eight level crossing removals are part of the initial 50 level crossing removals. Removing these two level crossings in Glen Huntly would mean there would be no more level crossings between the city and Moorabbin Station.

      To find out more about these level crossings, read the fact sheet and watch the video below.

      Chelsea Road, Chelsea

      Argyle Avenue, Chelsea

      Swanpool Avenue, Chelsea

      Using the Site Prioritisation Framework, the crossings at Chelsea Road, Argyle Avenue and Swanpool Avenue in Chelsea have been identified as priority sites for future removal.

      The boom gates at these Chelsea sites can be down for up to 40 per cent of the 7:00am to 9:00am peak, when up to 30 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Frankston line, meaning more boom gate downtime.

      As part of the current program of works, five level crossings have been removed on the Frankston line at North Road in Ormond, McKinnon Road in McKinnon, Centre Road in Bentleigh, Skye/Overton Road in Frankston and Seaford Road in Seaford. A further eight level crossing removals are funded as part of the initial 50 level crossing removals.

      To find out more about these level crossings, read the fact sheet and watch the video below.

  • Upfield line
    • Munro Street, Coburg

      Reynard Street, Coburg

      Using the Site Prioritisation Framework, crossings at Munro Street and Reynard Street in Coburg have been identified as priority sites for future removal.

      The boom gates at these two sites in Coburg can be down for up to 20 per cent of the 7:00am to 9:00am peak, when up to 17 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Upfield line, meaning more boom gate downtime.

      The level crossing at Camp Road in Campbellfield has already been removed under the current Level Crossing Removal Project. Level crossings at Bell Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick are also planned for removal. The removal of the Munro Street and Reynard Street level crossings would take the total number of crossings to be removed on the Upfield line to five.

      To find out more about these level crossings, read the fact sheet and watch the video below.

  • Belgrave/Lilydale line
    • Union Road, Surrey Hills

      Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert

      Using the Site Prioritisation Framework, crossings at Union Road, Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert have been identified as priority sites for future removal.

      The boom gates at these sites can be down for up to 40 per cent of the 7:00am to 9:00am peak, when up to 53 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Belgrave and Lilydale lines, meaning more boom gate downtime.

      As part of the initial Level Crossing Removal Project, four level crossings have already been removed on the Belgrave/Lilydale line at Blackburn and Heatherdale roads, and on the Belgrave line at Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road in Bayswater.

      Two further crossings on the Lilydale line, at Mooroolbark and Lilydale, are also in planning for removal by 2022 as part of the initial Level Crossing Removal Project.

      Removing the Union Road and Mont Albert Road level crossings would mean all crossings between the CBD and Ringwood had been removed.

      To find out more about these level crossings, read the fact sheet and watch the video below.

  • Geelong/Ballarat line
    • Mt Derrimut Road, Deer Park

      Robinsons Road, Deer Park

      Fitzgerald Road, Ardeer

      Using the Site Prioritisation Framework, crossings at Mt Derrimut Road and Robinsons Road in Deer Park, and Fitzgerald Road in Ardeer, have been identified as priority sites for future removal.

      The boom gates in Deer Park and Ardeer can be down for up to 45 per cent of the 7:00am to 9:00am peak, when up to 37 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Geelong and Ballarat lines, meaning more boom gate downtime.

      These three level crossings are located between Sunshine Station and the Regional Rail Link junction, where both Ballarat line and Geelong line regional trains enter and exit the city. Removing these three level crossings would remove the last level crossings between this rail junction and Southern Cross Station.

      To find out more about these level crossings, read the fact sheet and watch the video below.

  • Pakenham line
    • Main Street, Pakenham

      McGregor Road, Pakenham

      Racecourse Road, Pakenham

      Cardinia Road, Pakenham

      Using the Site Prioritisation Framework, crossings at Main Street, McGregor Road, Racecourse Road and Cardinia Road in Pakenham have been identified as priority sites for future removal.

      The boom gates in Pakenham can be down for up to 30 per cent of the 7:00am to 9:00am peak, when up to 23 trains run through the crossings. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Pakenham line, meaning more boom gate downtime.

      Nine level crossings have already been removed on the Pakenham line – with the removal of three more already in the planning or design stage. The removal of these four additional level crossings would leave only five remaining between Pakenham and the CBD.

      To find out more about these Pakenham level crossings, read the fact sheet and watch the video below.

  • Cranbourne line
    • Webster Street, Dandenong

      Greens Road, Dandenong South

      Evans Road, Lyndhurst

      Camms Road, Cranbourne

      Using the Site Prioritisation Framework, crossings along the Cranbourne line at Webster Street, Greens Road, Evans Road and Camms Road have been identified as priority sites for future removal.

      At the Webster Street crossing – located on both the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines – boom gates can be down for more than 19 per cent of the 7:00am to 9:00am peak. During this time up to 22 trains run through the crossing.

      On the Cranbourne line, boom gates can be down for up to 12 per cent of the 7:00am to 9:00am morning peak, with up to 13 trains running through the crossings. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, meaning more boom gate downtime. As part of the current program of works, five level crossings have been removed on the Frankston line at North Road in Ormond, McKinnon Road in McKinnon, Centre Road in Bentleigh, Skye/Overton Road in Frankston and Seaford Road in Seaford.

      As part of the current level crossing removal program, 11 level crossings have already been removed on the Cranbourne-Pakenham and Cranbourne line. Further works at Webster Street, and Camms, Evans and Greens roads would see the last remaining crossings on the Cranbourne line removed.

      To find out more about the Cranbourne line level crossings, read the fact sheet and watch the video below.

Train passing through level crossing

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