Three dangerous and congested level crossings in Noble Park are set to be removed by mid-February as part of a massive summer construction blitz taking place across Melbourne.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Acting Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan visited Noble Park today to meet workers as they gear up for the removal of crossings at Corrigan, Heatherton and Chandler Roads.
At Noble Park, three sets of boom gates will go down for the final time on 29 January. Work will then begin to install overhead wiring, lay communications cable and connect the new elevated train tracks to the existing ones.
To allow these final works to be carried out safely, buses will replace trains from 30 January to 14 February between Westall and Dandenong.
The end result of this disruption – which comes at the end of a massive construction blitz – will be three crossings gone and trains stopping at Noble Park’s brand new elevated station, months ahead of schedule.
Noble Park’s crossings are notorious for causing not only nightmare traffic but posing a real risk to safety.
Sixty near misses or collisions were reported across the three level crossings between 2011 and 2017, including an incident in 2016 where a car was clipped by a train at Chandler Road.
Of the 50 level crossings the Andrews Labor Government is removing, Heatherton Road – Noble Park’s busiest crossing – was also the worst for vehicle collisions over the past six years, with three recorded between 2011 and 2017, and 15 reported near misses in 2016-17.
The Labor Government is not wasting a moment getting rid of Melbourne’s dangerous and congested level crossings, with 11 already gone and all nine between Caulfield and Dandenong on track to be removed by the end of the year.
Together with a massive power and signalling upgrade, these works will allow more trains, more often on Melbourne’s busiest train line.
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“We said we’d remove these dangerous relics and in just a few weeks they’ll be gone for good.”
“We’re getting it done – removing the dangerous level crossings that clog local streets, put lives at risk and stop us running more trains.”
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan
“We thank commuters for their patience while we get this work done – we’re ahead of schedule and the end result will be worth it.”
“This massive project is creating thousands of jobs here in Melbourne’s south east, and will allow us to run more trains, more often on the city’s busiest train line.”