Level Crossing Removals Ramp Up At St Albans
A major construction blitz as part of the removal of two level crossings in St Albans, will take place during an extended rail and road closure in October and November.
Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman today outlined details of the major works on the Sunbury/Bendigo line, which will see around 700 level crossing construction workers working around the clock during a month of road and rail closures.
The Sunbury line will be shut between Sunbury and Sunshine from 4-30 October, while the existing Ginifer and St Albans station buildings are demolished and the new stations are built.
Redundant signals, tracks and overhead wiring will also be removed and new rail equipment installed during the works. The station buildings were prefabricated in a factory offsite and brought to site by truck earlier this year.
Furlong Road will be closed at the level crossing from 12-27 October. Road works will continue during November, and Main Road is expected to be closed at the rail line from 4-28 November.
The project will be complete in mid-2017 after car parking, landscaping and other construction work is finished.
Both stations will feature lifts, ramps and stairs, and the local community will benefit from the shopping and retail space around the station building.
Full details, including information about alternative transport during the works, will be available at levelcrossings.vic.gov.au and ptv.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman
“We’ll get St Albans moving again— once these crossings are gone, passengers will no longer be held up at the boom gates for more than half of the two-hour morning peak.”
“The Main Road and Furlong Road level crossings are two of the most dangerous and congested in Melbourne, we ask everyone to bear with us while we get on with completing these important works.”