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Biggest level crossing removal blitz in Victoria's history

20 May 2020

The biggest level crossing removal blitz in Victoria’s history will be undertaken this winter, as works ramp up on major projects across the city and Victorians continue to do their part to slow the spread of coronavirus.

A three-and-a-half month construction blitz that will remove four level crossings on the Upfield line – at Munro, Reynard and Bell streets, and Moreland Road will begin on the 28 July and run until 15 November.

More than 1,000 people will work around the clock to elevate almost two kilometres of rail line and build two new stations – reducing congestion for tens of thousands of motorists.

While the line is closed, buses will replace trains and express services will be offered. However, a new turnback facility at Anstey will allow trains to continue between Anstey and the city, meaning about half of all Upfield line commuters will be largely unaffected.

Two months of construction on the Frankston line will begin later this week, as rail trenches are excavated and new stations built ahead of the removal of level crossings at Park and Charman Roads in Cheltenham, and Balcombe Road in Mentone. Buses will replace trains between Moorabbin and Mordialloc stations during this period, with dedicated school buses for the 14,500 students in the area.

There will also be significant level crossing removal works over winter in Lyndhurst, Pakenham, Berwick, Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach, Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Mooroolbark and Lilydale.

These works will cause minor weekend or overnight disruptions with details to come for locals closer to the time.

More than 15,000 workers on Big Build sites are subject to strict health and safety measures, including changing work practices to reduce staff contact and enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures.

Replacement buses will also be closely monitored, both to manage passenger numbers and ensure regular cleaning of buses and key touch points to keep passengers and drivers safe.

Passengers should practice good hand hygiene and maintain physical distancing when possible and should not travel if they are feeling unwell.

For more information about the massive program of work on Victoria’s transport network, visit bigbuild.vic.gov.au.

Construction at our Cheltenham work site.

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