Victoria’s biggest ever level crossing removal construction blitz is on track to finish two weeks early, with trains running on the new Upfield elevated rail line from Monday 2 November.
Crews have worked around the clock since late July to remove four sets of boom gates and raise the rail line over Bell Street, Munro Street and Reynard Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick.
Twin 2.5-kilometre elevated rail bridges now span these roads, while work continues to build new stations at Coburg and Moreland.
Since July, the construction team has installed 268 concrete L-beam bridge segments, 21,000 tonnes of ballast, 7,000 concrete railway sleepers and more than ten kilometres of new rail at record pace.
As workers put the finishing touches on the rail line, buses will replace trains between North Melbourne and Upfield from Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November.
When trains return to the Upfield line on Monday 2 November, they will run express through Coburg and Moreland stations while work continues on the station buildings until mid-December. Replacement buses and trams will run between Brunswick and Batman stations to connect passengers with train services. To plan your journey, visit the PTV website.
Work will continue into next year to create more than two MCGs worth of community open space underneath the rail line, featuring more than 3,000 new trees and plants.