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Melbourne's South East set for rail construction blitz

Posted On February 1, 2017

The first of several new columns have been installed in Murrembeena today, which will enable works to begin on removing dangerous level crossings across Victoria.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan was in Murrumbeena recently to inspect the progress of the installation of two 6.7 metre columns that have been lifted into place by a 350-tonne mobile crane.

In the upcoming months, more than 350 of these support columns – known as piers – will be installed to support the new elevated train line that will run through Melbourne’s south east.

Minister Allan said that these initial works would serve as the foundation for a construction blitz.

“The first piece of this huge project is in place – the start of a massive construction blitz that will remove nine of our worst level crossings and create space for more trains on Victoria’s busiest line.

“Motorists stuck at these crossings want them gone and we’re not wasting a moment – to get people home safer and sooner each day, so they can spend more time doing what they want with the people they love.

“Removing these dangerous and congested level crossings will also create local jobs – 2000 of them – supporting Victorian families and boosting our economy,” said Jacinta Allan.

Crossings in the South East of Melbourne are some of the worst in Victoria, with data showing that some of the boom gates are down for more than 80 minutes in the morning peak at a number of sites, which creates significant congestion and safety issues on Melbourne’s roads.

The removal of these boom gates will help alleviate these congestion issues, and enable more rail services to operate through one of Victoria’s busiest rail corridors.

The $1.6 billion project will also build five new stations, upgrade power and signalling, and create 22.5 hectares on new public open space for parks, paths and community facilities under the new line.

The concrete columns of the new line will be built in Melton over the next eight months – supporting local jobs in Melbourne’s outer west. 2,000 new jobs will be created throughout the duration of the project.


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