Yet another set of boom gates will go tonight as work moves full steam ahead to remove every single level crossing and build five brand new stations between Caulfield and Dandenong.
Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan at Clayton today to inspect works on the new station at Clayton, where work on the wrap-around canopy is now complete.
Crews will move in this evening to take out boom gates at Centre Road, and tomorrow traffic will flow freely, providing relief for the 18,000 motorists who use the road each day.
Boom gates will be dismantled soon after at the notoriously congested Clayton Road crossing. Boom gate down time at the two crossings is up to 75 and 82 minutes respectively in each two-hour morning peak.
Last Friday 30 March, an intensive period of work got underway to connect power and signalling along a new section of elevated line that will separate trains and roads through Clayton.
Meanwhile, crews are working around the clock to ready Clayton’s new station for its first passengers on Monday 16 April, following the 17-day construction blitz.
The station’s curved canopy is now complete, and rapid progress being made on the vastly improved platform areas, lighting, CCTV, and passenger facilities. Work will continue on final touches and ground level buildings once old train tracks are removed from under the elevated station.
Of the five new stations being built as part of the Caulfield to Dandenong project, Clayton’s will boast the largest landscaped forecourt along with 80 extra parking spaces for commuters.
The booming suburb, home to Monash University and Monash Hospital is Melbourne’s biggest suburban employment hub outside the CBD with around 5,500 passengers using the station each day.
Bus passengers on three major routes (631, 703 and 733) are also set to benefit from these latest level crossing removals, while a dedicated interchange will remove the need for passengers, to cross busy roads.
In February, the first 1.5 kilometre stretch of elevated rail was opened in Noble Park, removing three level crossings. The remaining four crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong will be gone by the end of this year.
Quotes attributable to Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews
“Clayton is a booming centre for shops, services, education and medicine. Thousands of people use this station every day and we are building the station they deserve.”
“It’s not acceptable for people who live, work and travel here to have boom gates down for 70 per cent of the time in peak hour. This crossing is a nightmare – and it’s time to go.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“The Cranbourne Pakenham line is Melbourne’s busiest, with 90,000 passengers using the line each day – we’re not wasting a minute to get these works done to get Victorians home safer and sooner.”
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