Level crossing removal works are in full swing at Deer Park with three big rigs set to start digging deep at Robinsons Road in the first steps towards a new rail bridge.
The boom gates in Deer Park can be down for up to 45 per cent of the morning peak, when more than 37 trains run through two dangerous and congested level crossings. In January, timetable updates saw the number of services on the Geelong and Ballarat lines increase, meaning more boom gate downtime.
Construction teams are gearing up for a three-day rail closure from Friday 14 May to Sunday 16 May, with coaches replacing trains on the Geelong and Ballarat lines.
Robinsons Road will be closed between Quinn Street and Hatchlands Drive Thursday 13 May to Monday 17 May, with traffic management and temporary detours in place.
To make the most of these closures, crews will work around the clock drilling foundations in the rail corridor, with 100-tonne piling rigs at the centre of the action. These piling works will enable Robinsons Road to stay open when excavation under the rail line begins mid 2021.
Locals are being thanked in advance for their patience and advised to plan ahead for increased travel times, with road detours in place around Robinsons Road and a free shuttle bus for pedestrians crossing the rail line.
Works are also underway at nearby Fitzgerald Road, Ardeer – where the level crossing will be removed by building a new road bridge – with temporary site offices being built and early investigation works continuing.
Building a road underpass at Robinsons Road and a road overpass at Fitzgerald Road will reduce congestion and address an alarming safety record at these crossings where there have been 18 near misses since 2012.
Meanwhile, people wishing to give feedback on concept plans for the Mt Derrimut Road, Deer Park level crossing removal are reminded to get in quick, with an online survey set to close on Friday 7 May. A brand new Deer Park Station will be built as part of the project, which will see new rail bridge over the road.
Across Melbourne, 46 level crossings are already gone for good, with 22 sites currently in construction. In 2021, one level crossing will be removed on average every four weeks.
To provide feedback on the Mt Derrimut Road level crossing removal: engage.vic.gov.au/lxrp-mt-derrimut-road
Quote attributable to Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz
“The community is thanked for their patience during these rail and road closures, which will pave the way for the next major milestone starting in mid-2021 – digging under the rail line and building a road underpass that will separate trains and vehicles for good.”
“These crossings are a relic of the past and have absolutely no place in our suburbs – it is time for them to go.”
“Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback on the Mt Derrimut Road project so far – the response so far has been great.”