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Toorak Road level crossing gone for good

14 Apr 2020

The dangerous and congested Toorak Road level crossing is the 35th gone for good, with trains travelling over the new rail bridge and drivers on Toorak Road no longer facing boom gate delays.

The level crossing has been removed more than six months ahead of schedule following a nine-day construction blitz.

Crews worked around the clock to remove the boom gates, lay 900 metres of new track, install overhead wiring and signals and connect the new rail bridge to the Glen Waverley line.

The Toorak Road - Monash Freeway interchange is one of the most congested intersections in Melbourne.

Prior to its removal, the level crossing was a major bottleneck with boom gates down for 35 per cent of the morning peak, causing delays for the 37,000 vehicles travelling through the crossing each day.

The new rail bridge was largely constructed through February and March, with 40 locally manufactured L-beams forming the bridge, each up to 31 metres long and weighing up to 128 tonnes.

With the boom gates gone, construction will now focus on improving pedestrian and cycling connections, new open space and landscaping works. These works will continue until 2021 with more than 23,000 trees, plants and grasses to be planted.

To complete works on Toorak Road and routine maintenance activities, there will be a weekend closure of Toorak Road and sections of the Glen Waverley line from Friday 8 May until Monday 11 May.

Strict protocols are in place on all Major Transport Infrastructure Authority worksites to protect the health and safety of construction workers and the community, and are consistent with the advice from the Chief Health Officer.

This includes modifying construction activities to allow social distancing and providing extra protection for workers who need to work in proximity for short periods of time. There are also enhanced industrial cleaning and additional hygiene measures in place.

For more information on the Toorak Road Level Crossing removal, visit the project page.

Traffic flowing under the new Toorak Road rail bridge.

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