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Work set to start at Fitzgerald and Robinsons roads

08 Jan 2021

Major construction will start this year to remove the dangerous and congested level crossings at Fitzgerald Road in Ardeer and Robinsons Road in Deer Park.

A $234 million contract has been awarded to an alliance comprising Fulton Hogan, Metro Trains Melbourne and the Level Crossing Removal Project and will create 400 local full-time jobs at peak construction.

The boom gates in Deer Park and Ardeer can be down for up to 45 per cent of the morning peak, delaying around 53,000 passengers and freight vehicles each day.

Building a road underpass at Robinsons Road and a road overpass at the Fitzgerald Road level crossing will also address an alarming safety record at these crossings where there have been 18 near misses since 2012.

The designs to remove the level crossings will minimise disruption to rail commuters, residents and local businesses during construction and allow future road and rail upgrades.

With the contract now awarded, early works will start this month ahead of major construction kicking off later in the year. The fast-tracked projects will be complete in 2023.

Works at Fitzgerald Road and Robinsons Road also paves the way for the removal of the nearby Mount Derrimut Road level crossing by 2025, removing the last of the level crossings between Deer Park and the City.

Traffic waiting for a VLine service at the Fitzgerald Road level crossing.

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