VICTORIAN Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan last week announced that a construction blitz will allow the level crossings at Main Road and Furlong Road, St Albans, to be removed by the end of the year – more than six months ahead of schedule.
According to the Minister, the crossings are among Victoria's most dangerous and congested, with boom gates at Furlong Road down for 35 minutes during the two-hour morning peak and down at Main Road for 65 minutes.
To enable the works to take place, buses will replace trains between Sunshine and Sunbury from 4-30 October, Furlong Road will be closed from 12-27 October, and Main Road will be closed from 4-28 November.
At the same time, V/Line will undertake more than $46 million in critical maintenance and renewal works on the Bendigo, Swan Hill and Echuca lines – improving sleepers, replacing ballast and upgrading bridges.
As a result, trains will be replaced by coaches on these lines for the entire journey between 4 and 30 October.
As part of the Furlong Road crossing removal, the rail line will be lowered below the road and Ginifer Station will be moved up to the intersection at Furlong Road, with access to be provided via Furlong Road and Bond Street. Station platforms will be installed within the rail cutting and the car park will be relocated to the east of the station.
At Main Road, the rail line will be lowered below the road and St Albans Station will be rebuilt, with access to the lowered platforms to be provided via lifts, ramps and stairs.