Three more level crossings in Essendon, Seaford and Dandenong South will be removed in major construction blitzes that will be underway in August.
Buckley Street, Essendon
The Buckley Street level crossing in Essendon will be removed by early October. It is among Melbourne's worst with the boom gates down for around 78 minutes during the morning peak, leading to major delays on Buckley Street causing frustration for the 11,000 people who drive through it each day.
To remove this level crossing, buses will replace trains along sections of the Craigieburn line between 24 August and 9 September. Coaches will replace Seymour and Shepparton trains for the entire journey to and from Southern Cross Station during this time.
Buckley Street will be closed near the level crossing for 52 days from the evening of 9 August and some local roads will be closed intermittently with detours and traffic advisories helping motorists get where they need to go.
Seaford Road, Seaford
The Seaford Road level crossing in Seaford leaves motorists waiting for around 32 minutes during the morning peak and its removal will reduce travel times and make the area safer for school children and pedestrians to move around RF Miles reserve.
To enable it to be gone by the end of September, Seaford Road and Railway Parade will be closed near the level crossing for six weeks from 17 August, and buses will replace trains between Carrum and Stony Point on the weekend of 18 and 19 August and from 8:30pm on 8 September to 6:00am on 16 September. At the end of the construction blitz, traffic will flow freely without being delayed.
Abbotts Road, Dandenong South
The dangerous Abbotts Road level crossing in Dandenong South will gone by early September following a 10-day construction blitz.
From the evening of 28 August to the morning of 8 September, buses will replace trains between Dandenong and Cranbourne as crews put the finishing touches on the 410-metre-long bridge over Abbotts Road.
Image: Pile capping works being carried out on the western side of Buckley Street