THE Victorian Government has said it will have 37 level crossings removed or underway by 2018, including 11 crossings as part of two packages released to the market following last week's long term lease of the Port of Melbourne.
As part of the North-Western Package, Camp Road in Campbellfield and Buckley Street in Essendon will be fast-tracked. Work will start next year and both will be gone by 2019.
The North-Western package also includes the removal of level crossings at Glenroy Road in Glenroy, Bell Street in Coburg, and Moreland Road in Brunswick.
Construction of the level crossing removal at Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North and the partial duplication of the Altona Loop will also begin next year, as part of the Western Package of crossing removals.
The Western package also includes the removal of crossings at Abbotts Road in Dandenong South, Aviation Road in Laverton, Ferguson Street in Williamstown, and Cherry and Werribee Streets in Werribee.
By the end of 2018, at least 37 level crossings will removed or underway, with detailed planning or consultation underway at every remaining crossing.