THE removal of four level crossings in Melbourne's east will be completed early next year after the Victorian Government last week announced a series of major road and rail closures that will enable construction crews to move ahead with the removal projects.
The four crossings are at Blackburn Road in Blackburn, Heatherdale Road in Mitcham, and Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road in Bayswater.
From 15 October, Bayswater Station will close and be demolished, making way for a bigger, better station that will open in mid-December. Belgrave line trains will run express through Bayswater during this time, with buses running from stations either side.
In early November, the Belgrave line will close between Ringwood and Belgrave for a 37-day construction blitz that will see 63,000 cubic metres of soil and rock excavated to lower the rail line, before building the road bridges and safely running trains under Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road.
This huge construction effort will also have an impact on the road network. Scoresby Road will be closed at the level crossing from 2-19 November, and Mountain Highway will be closed from 20 November to 23 December.
Buses will replace trains between Box Hill and Ringwood stations for 34 days from 27 December 2016 to 29 January 2017 while construction crews lower the rail line under Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads, upgrade Blackburn Station, and build the new Heatherdale Station.
Finishing works on the stations – including car parks and landscaping – will continue throughout 2017.
Also last week, the Level Crossing Removal Authority released further details about level crossing removal projects at Abbotts Road in Dandenong South and Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna.
At Abbotts Road, the level crossing will be removed by building a rail bridge over the road. At Lower Plenty Road, three design options are being considered, including: a rail bridge over Lower Plenty Road supported by embankments; a rail bridge over Lower Plenty Road supported by columns; and a rail trench below Lower Plenty Road.