Glenroy's 'Big Dig' powering along
08 Jul 2021
Progress on Glenroy’s new rail trench is well on track with more than 40 per cent of the ‘big dig’ complete, as works across the site ramp up this month to remove the level crossing by lowering the Craigieburn line underneath Glenroy Road.
Around 19,000 vehicles pass through the level crossing each day, with the boom gates down for up to 43% of the morning peak.
So far 25,000 cubic metres (or around 10 Olympic sized swimming pools) worth of rock and soil has been removed from alongside the rail line.
The construction team are in the final days of a two-week sprint, with crews working an extra two Sunday shifts (including this Sunday 11 July between 8am and 4pm) as part of additional weekend works throughout July. There will be extra excavators, trucks and specialist machinery moving throughout the area.
As well as removing the level crossing, the project will also deliver a brand-new Glenroy Station and station precinct including improved local connections, dedicated shared use and pedestrian paths and new landscaping.
In the past month, several massive beams each weighing up to 37 tonnes have been trucked into site as work on the foundations for the new Glenroy Station building ramp up, all while 150 Metro and V/Line trains run per day on the busy rail line right next to the works.
When the station concourse and building are completed next year, the project will connect two sides of Glenroy, previously separated by the rail line. Pedestrians will be able to walk from Dowd Place on the western side of the rail line across to Hartington Street in the east, without being held up by boom gates or traffic lights.
The Glenroy Road level crossing will be gone for good, and the new, modern and accessible station open by the end of 2022.