50 level crossings to be removed

 
  slowcoach Junior Train Controller

Round 2 of the Dandenong corridor disruptions is set to begin on the Clayton section of elevated rail from March 30 to April 15 to join up the tracks. This will see the removal of 2 more level crossings at Clayton Rd and Centre Rd, Clayton. By April 16, trains and passengers will begin using the new Clayton station.

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  slowcoach Junior Train Controller

Meanwhile starting from March 16, the Hurstbridge line will experience a 44 day shutdown to remove 2 level crossings at Grange Rd, Alphington and Lower Plenty Rd, Rosanna and addition of a 2nd track between Heidelberg and Rosanna including a new rail bridge and rail tunnel. By April 30, trains on the Hurstbridge line will use the new elevated Rosanna station and a complete duplicated corridor between Greensborough and the city.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
Indeed, it is progress, not just "called".  Fixing a piece of 19th century infrastructure which should have been fixed years ago.  Some disruption to service is inevitable - what's PTuser's point?

It's not a 44 day shutdown.   The main shutdown is from March 29th to April 29th. and most of that is from Clifton Hill to Macleod, not Greensborough.
  Altona Loopy Station Master

Aviation LX removal has been finally been decided rail bridge over rail. Starts construction by the end of 2018.

Road bridge?
Yes: https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/media/news/road-bridge-to-replace-the-dangerous-aviation-road-level-crossing-in-laverton
railblogger

Good use of available and under utilised land. Be good if they expanded the Aircraft dirt carpark under and around the new road ramp. Could be built without pedestrians having to cross a road to access the station. Increasing patronage at Aircraft warrants this investment. Good outcome.
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

I hope you like what I made here:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxtr0s9oUqc
  slowcoach Junior Train Controller

Boom gates at Grange Rd (Alphington), Lower Plenty Rd (Rosanna), Centre Rd & Clayton Rd (Clayton) and Skye/Overton Rd (Frankston) have officially been removed taking the total number of crossings removed up to the promised 20 since November 2014. We gotta give credit where it's due and applaud the state government for realising this promise.

By November this year, the number of crossings removed could be as high as 24 with Koornang Rd (Carnegie), Murrumbeena Rd (Murrumbeena), Poath Rd (Hughesdale) and Kororoit Creek Rd (Williamstown North) pending boom gate removal and temporary rail closures later this year.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Boom gates at Grange Rd (Alphington), Lower Plenty Rd (Rosanna), Centre Rd & Clayton Rd (Clayton) and Skye/Overton Rd (Frankston) have officially been removed taking the total number of crossings removed up to the promised 20 since November 2014. We gotta give credit where it's due and applaud the state government for realising this promise.

By November this year, the number of crossings removed could be as high as 24 with Koornang Rd (Carnegie), Murrumbeena Rd (Murrumbeena), Poath Rd (Hughesdale) and Kororoit Creek Rd (Williamstown North) pending boom gate removal and temporary rail closures later this year.
slowcoach
While technically the gates are gone at Skye Road they've been replaced with solid concrete barriers.   The road itself is shut for another 2 months.

I just find it frustrating that LXRA play these games.  Announce it when it's actually done.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
Boom gates at Grange Rd (Alphington), Lower Plenty Rd (Rosanna), Centre Rd & Clayton Rd (Clayton) and Skye/Overton Rd (Frankston) have officially been removed taking the total number of crossings removed up to the promised 20 since November 2014. We gotta give credit where it's due and applaud the state government for realising this promise.

By November this year, the number of crossings removed could be as high as 24 with Koornang Rd (Carnegie), Murrumbeena Rd (Murrumbeena), Poath Rd (Hughesdale) and Kororoit Creek Rd (Williamstown North) pending boom gate removal and temporary rail closures later this year.
slowcoach
Boom gate removal does not equate to complete crossing removal, and certainly not to resumption of rail or road traffic.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
And a follow up, Eastlink have just sent out notice of 24 large beams being transported between Kilmore and Frankston between 15th April and 19th May.  One per night.

That would be the bridge beams for the Skye Road bridge being delivered.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

By November this year, the number of crossings removed could be as high as 24 with Koornang Rd (Carnegie), Murrumbeena Rd (Murrumbeena), Poath Rd (Hughesdale) and Kororoit Creek Rd (Williamstown North) pending boom gate removal and temporary rail closures later this year.
slowcoach
What about Grange Road, Caulfield? Is that being done at the same time as Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Hughesdale?
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
By November this year, the number of crossings removed could be as high as 24 with Koornang Rd (Carnegie), Murrumbeena Rd (Murrumbeena), Poath Rd (Hughesdale) and Kororoit Creek Rd (Williamstown North) pending boom gate removal and temporary rail closures later this year.
What about Grange Road, Caulfield? Is that being done at the same time as Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Hughesdale?
duttonbay
Yes.
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

I have taken alot of footage on the Hurstbridge line for a collab youtube video. Some rail workers also jumped into some of the video Smile.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jVJ3Yc0x9EuzVkS3ASSPCPqFx7kht9Nw

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1207BsCoOFzbhYL_BHIq1mEVwMwrFH2BM
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
The first U beam section has arrived at Skye/Overton Road.  Still on the transporter from what I could see this afternoon.

It apparently caused some fuss on Saturday morning as it struggled to get onto the Greensborough Bypass and also spending yesterday parked on the side of the Eastern Freeway.

There isn't a great deal of room on site so they should be installed pretty quickly as they arrive.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Hurstbridge line won't re-open until 6th May due to delays in getting the signalling sorted out:

https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/media/news/hurstbridge-line-works-extended
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
The Contract for the Parklands Under the Frankston and Dandenong sky rail has been won by Eco Dynamics. I have learnt this from a worker and a lead supervisor from this company.

http://www.ecodynamics.com.au
  slowcoach Junior Train Controller
  loopy Locomotive Driver

As one line closes [Frankston], another one opens [Hurstbridge]. What I found out only today about the upcoming Frankston closure is that when I passed between Seaford and Kananook, there's gonna be a severely realigned train line. So the Seaford Rd crossing is going to be moved to the west of the current line so the crossing removal can be on the original alignment. Hopefully this new track will be up and running when they minimize the closure to be between Kananook and Leawarra
  LeroyW Junior Train Controller

Location: Awaiting MM2
As loopy mentioned, Hurstbridge re-opened today with a new station at Rosanna and a second tunnel through to Heidelberg.

Are there any commuters/locals that can post some photos of the re-opened station or comment to any better reliability (perceived or otherwise) of trains through the new tunnel? When catching those trains I regularly remember having to sit on the up side of Rosanna waiting for the track section to clear, from which you'd never make up the time lost (usually because the train coming the other way was already late).
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
As one line closes [Frankston], another one opens [Hurstbridge]. What I found out only today about the upcoming Frankston closure is that when I passed between Seaford and Kananook, there's gonna be a severely realigned train line. So the Seaford Rd crossing is going to be moved to the west of the current line so the crossing removal can be on the original alignment. Hopefully this new track will be up and running when they minimize the closure to be between Kananook and Leawarra
loopy
Yep, start of a busy month at the Frankston end.
The fill is currently sitting on Frankston-Dandenong road for the new Skye Road embankments.  

The month long closure apparently allows for:
  • Removal of the tracks to build embankments and finish bridges at Skye Road
  • Realign Seaford road crossing as above
  • Demolish and rebuild Frankston station.


What's interesting is how slowly the bridge parts are arriving from Kilmore.  I have a feeling at the present rate the line won't be opening on time in June.
  Adogs Chief Train Controller

As one line closes [Frankston], another one opens [Hurstbridge]. What I found out only today about the upcoming Frankston closure is that when I passed between Seaford and Kananook, there's gonna be a severely realigned train line. So the Seaford Rd crossing is going to be moved to the west of the current line so the crossing removal can be on the original alignment. Hopefully this new track will be up and running when they minimize the closure to be between Kananook and Leawarra
loopy

I heard about the temporary realignment only relatively recently, but would have been at least a few weeks back.  It's been on their social media accounts etc a bit (or maybe on those of the local state member Sonya Kilkenny, who has been very active promoting the local grade seps).  I'm a Seaford resident so I get to see the Seaford Rd, Carrum and Skye Rd progress on an (almost) daily basis.
  ElliotProvis Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Bit OT, but wondering if anyone can explain how the Frankston station competition winning design morphed so drastically to what’s being built now which seems to be essentially the same platform layout?

Wasn’t the design going to be a traditional station design (not the current Island layout), with big canopies encasing the station? A second platform on the Easterly side (presumably taking up some of the stabling?).

Was there perhaps something I missed? Why did the government so significantly morph the design?
  Adogs Chief Train Controller


What's interesting is how slowly the bridge parts are arriving from Kilmore.  I have a feeling at the present rate the line won't be opening on time in June.
lkernan

Yeah, it's running behind schedule - the delivery of bridge parts started late due to the weather (high winds meant there were a couple of nights they couldn't safely transport them), then they've had trouble fitting the trucks around the road route they'd worked out...
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Since 2014, the Following Level Crossings have either been removed (in standard text) or are on track to be removed by the end of this year (in italics)

Frankston Line:
North Rd
McKinnon Rd
Center Rd
Skye Rd/ Overton Rd

Cranbourne & Pakenham Lines:
Grange Rd
Koornang Rd
Murrumbeena Rd
Poath Rd
Clayton Rd
Center Rd
Corrigan Rd
Chandler Rd
Heatherton Rd

Cranbourne Line:
Thompsons Rd

Glen Waverley Line:
Burke Rd

Belgrave & Lilydale Lines:
Blackburn Rd
Heatherton Rd

Belgrave Line:
Mountain Hwy
Scoresby Rd

Hurstbridge Line:
Grange Rd
Lower Plenty Rd

Upfield Line:
Camp Rd

Sunbury Line:
Furlong Rd
Main Rd
Melton Hwy

Werribee Line:
Kororoit Creek Rd

That gives us a total of 18 complete, and a further 8 to be completed by the end of 2018. That's 26 inside 4 years. Sure a few of these had commenced before the last election, but it is still a pretty good effort.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

There's only 4 crossings in italics - when I count your list I get 22 completed, with another 4 to go this year. Same total. Perhaps you amended the listing but not the summary at the foot.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
There's only 4 crossings in italics - when I count your list I get 22 completed, with another 4 to go this year. Same total. Perhaps you amended the listing but not the summary at the foot.
duttonbay
Something went awry there, for some reason some of the lines I had put in Italics didn't post that way, while others did.

All fixed now.

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