50 level crossings to be removed

 
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
BG at Werribee has re-opened fully, with driver training by PN and V/Line in recent days. Expect things to return to normal any day if they haven't already. They have some cleanup still to do, but will be probably done and all gone in a month or 2, with the on-track works seemingly complete.

Works continuing at hoppers with bridge beams lifted over the tracks in the past week's shutdown. Works on the underpass at Aircraft finaly underway also.

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  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Just in time for Steamrail to run to Ballarat via Werribee this coming Saturday.
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
At Lilydale, two complete piers now stand on the up side of the line, south of the Maroondah Hwy LX. There may be more but going through in peak hour as dusk was settling made it awkward to tell for sure. At least one piling rig is still working south of John St and there appeared to be a larger number of cranes there than the last time I checked.

Neil
  loopy Junior Train Controller



https://youtu.be/QuR6vR7_Xbk

So Ferguson St crossing removal and North Williamstown station will have a shutdown starting in August and the crossing and station will be open by the end of 2021. I guess they're doing one massive blitz instead of lots of little shutdowns.
  Tii Junior Train Controller



https://youtu.be/QuR6vR7_Xbk

So Ferguson St crossing removal and North Williamstown station will have a shutdown starting in August and the crossing and station will be open by the end of 2021. I guess they're doing one massive blitz instead of lots of little shutdowns.
loopy
It is a short branch line. so a bus replacement is OK while the work is done all at once. The road crossing though, will be the main disruption though as the detour options are limited to 2 other crossings and through the residential streets. But I guess a single short sharp removal will see the pain over sooner rather than later.
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Some Youtube clips by the same author show progress at Mooroolbark and Lilydale. Based on these, there are six piers in place, on the up side, between the Highway and John St with a retaining abutment under construction south of John St. There are at least two more on the down side, south of the Highway. Updates on the LXRP websites suggest that John St will have some bridge beams placed later this week and the first pieces of the modular station will be delivered over the weekend



https://youtu.be/tjiMaUTAoVQ

Although this is only one of a number it will guide you to his other videos, which show somewhat more of the works in progress at Mooroolbark than Lilydale

Neil
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Typical, I can't even snap some work-in-progress pics at either station due to the stupid 5km radius rule, my train ride legally ends at Croydon, which is an absolute eyesore of a station (Ringwood East and Heathmont are even worse).
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

Some Youtube clips by the same author show progress at Mooroolbark and Lilydale. Based on these, there are six piers in place, on the up side, between the Highway and John St with a retaining abutment under construction south of John St. There are at least two more on the down side, south of the Highway. Updates on the LXRP websites suggest that John St will have some bridge beams placed later this week and the first pieces of the modular station will be delivered over the weekend



https://youtu.be/tjiMaUTAoVQ

Although this is only one of a number it will guide you to his other videos, which show somewhat more of the works in progress at Mooroolbark than Lilydale

Neil
ngarner
They are working constantly, I can hear the machinery from my backyard, I can get to both Mooroolbark and Lilydale, the 5km is easy for me.
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Typical, I can't even snap some work-in-progress pics at either station due to the stupid 5km radius rule, my train ride legally ends at Croydon, which is an absolute eyesore of a station (Ringwood East and Heathmont are even worse).
Heihachi_73
The increase to 10km might help there, although it doesn't quite give me the range I need to get there, something I was planning just before the lockdown occured

Neil
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
More information on Lilydale progress:

All of the piers between the LX and John St are in place, totalling 12. The first module of the station is in place alongside Williams St East. The steelwork for two lift-shafts has gone up, north of the LX in what was the western car-park, and both would appear to have reached their final height. The LXRP web site suggested that the first beams would be placed over John St in the last few days but that doesn't appear to have happened yet, possibly the wild weather delayed any heavy lifting attempts. Considering that the whole Yarra Valley from east of Warburton in as far as Croydon lost power from Wednesday night, due to the wild weather, until some time this afternoon, with pockets still not restored, I'm not surprised that they didn't try any lifts.
As an aside the line was closed due to trees down over the track, possibly with damage to the catenary around Croydon / Mooroolbark area.

Neil
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Looking at the photo on Reddit it looks like the damage is between Croydon and Ringwood East e.g. somewhere around the two 75 km/h curves between Mount Dandenong Rd and the Eastfield Rd bridge. Photo shows a double stanchion with one which has been bent into the other. It could be Croydon-Mooroolbark but I can't think of another area like that with those trees.

https://redd.it/nwes6n
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Certainly could be that location Lockie, as it wasn't clear from the photo I saw. There was a fair bit of large debris on the line near the Mooroolbark Rd bridge when I went past on Thursday, but nothing quite matching those trees

Neil
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
And those metal structures at Lilydale are not lift shafts, since the LXRP website is calling them "clock towers"

Neil
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Some "artist impressions" of the replacement station at Mont Albert/Surrey Hills. All 'nice and fluffy' but only one or two give you any idea of the actual station design and layout, so add little to what is already known

Neil
  historian Deputy Commissioner

Looks like about a quarter of the park has been lost to become access from Windsor Cres. Curiously, this does not seem to be emphasised.
  John E Locomotive Driver

Looks like about a quarter of the park has been lost to become access from Windsor Cres. Curiously, this does not seem to be emphasised.
historian
Historian you are correct. As a local I can tell you there has been quite a bit of uproar, mainly from residents who live adjacent to the rail line or very close by.

It's a "poxy" little reserve with an old playground. If you wanted to kick a ball around, there's a high chance it falls onto the tracks.

Hopefully what's left of the reserve can be improved.
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
I was able to spend a little time at Lilydale today. There are now 3 spans (6 L beams) in place on the up side from north of John St, with another L beam waiting to be lifted into place, caught in the last photo, although a bit hard to see. Both abutments are complete with RSJs (Reinforced Steel Joists) in place for a permanent retaining wall to the south of them. A couple of modules of the station are in place and more work is happening on the 'clock towers'.






Excuse the finger intruding into some of the shots

Neil

Edit:
Forgot to mention there were a trio, with a very expensive professional camera, working their way around John St when I was, so I expect an update on the LXRP website will be forthcoming
  Op Kronos Locomotive Fireman

The designs for Glenhuntly station as part of the removal of the level crossings at Neerim Rd and Glen Huntly Rd have been released: https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/media/news/designs-revealed-for-the-new-glenhuntly-station

In addition, the designs for Camms Rd, Cranbourne have also been released: https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/media/news/designs-released-for-camms-road

Finally, early works at Gap Rd, Sunbury will start from next month with some Sunbury Line upgrade related work already started (according to @Lockie91 on the Sunbury Line Upgrade page): https://bigbuild.vic.gov.au/projects/sunbury-line-upgrade/precincts/sunbury-station
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
No photos today but in the last 48 hours the crew at Lilydale have put up two more L beams to complete a fourth span; this one is just south of the LX, also on the up side, which leaves a gap of one span between the previously installed three and the latest one. Directly underneath the gap is part of the installed station modules. The clock tower / lift shafts are being clad, in place, in the west car park.

Neil
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Is it my imagination, or has the crossing removals at Surrey Hills and Mont Albert been stalled??

Haven't heard boo on this one for ages?
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

"The level crossings at Union Road, Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert have been fast-tracked for removal, with early works to start in the second half of 2021 and major construction to start in 2022.

The project will be completed two years earlier than originally planned, with the boom gates gone for good in 2023."
- LXRP website
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Excellent.

Cheers
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

About 13 level crossings are due to be done by end 2021. I can figure our some most likely but I don't get up to 13. Anyone have a better idea of which will be this year. The LXRA pages often talk of 2022 but not much for 2021.
I predict the 13 crossings that could be delivered by 2021, which the LXRA is talking about. The talks of 2022 are normally the completion date when all the details are complete, but not just the level crossing removal itself, like the completion of the station build and surrounding fauna and floral and the station car parks etc.
True Believers
Alright good time to update. Level crossing removal authority and the state government have announced the remaining level crossings to be removed by the end of 2021.

What already got completed:
-> Werribee Street got completed in January 2021
-> Cherry street got completed early during March 2021 instead of April 2021

What I guessed will finish in 2021:
-> The Edithvale-Chelsea-Bonbeach project I believe could finish in mid-2021, but looks like it will be finished in late 2021. The government counts this as 6 level crossings (including the extra one at Lochiel avenue)

-> South Gippsland Highway is to be complete by end of 2021

-> The two on the Lilydale line to be finished by the end of 2021

What will finish in 2021 not on my radar:
-> Williamstown crossing was fast tracked to 2021 date, completely surprised about that one tbh

What has not been announced yet to be complete early yet:
->Hoppers crossing bridge is said to be complete by the end of 2021 on a publication, although set date of completion not yet announced

-> Greens road viaduct is all done, just needs to link up at each end, hasn't been announced to completion yet, perhaps the duplication part is still a little behind.

-> Glenroy crossing seems to be taking longer due to the basalt being trickier to dig out, currently 33% complete digging the trench, probably early next year

->Gap road crossing early works is starting soon, so it's on track for removal perhaps in early part of 2022, who knows how quick they can get that done.

Basically so far looks like 12 will be definitely complete in 2021, with potentially one more to maybe also complete making the 13 they talked about earlier in the year.
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
13 LX this year are:

Werribee St, Werribee completed in January
Cherrry St, Werribee completed in March
South Gippsland Hwy, Dandenong in July/August depending on when you consider it replaced
Chelsea Rd, Chelsea closing this month although completion won't be for a few months
Edithvale Rd, Edithvale as for Chelsea Rd
Argyle Ave, Chelsea ditto  
Bondi Rd, Bonbeach ditto
Swanpool Ave, Chelsea ditto
Lochiel Ave, Edithvale ditto
Manchester Rd, Mooroolbark in October
Maroondah Hwy, Lilydale in October
Ferguson St, Williamstown announced as being complete in October
Old Geelong Rd, Hoppers Crossing listed as 'late 2021' but unlike all of the others above there is no date on the LXRP website yet.

Neil
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

13 LX this year are:

Werribee St, Werribee completed in January
Cherrry St, Werribee completed in March
South Gippsland Hwy, Dandenong in July/August depending on when you consider it replaced
Chelsea Rd, Chelsea closing this month although completion won't be for a few months
Edithvale Rd, Edithvale as for Chelsea Rd
Argyle Ave, Chelsea ditto  
Bondi Rd, Bonbeach ditto
Swanpool Ave, Chelsea ditto
Lochiel Ave, Edithvale ditto
Manchester Rd, Mooroolbark in October
Maroondah Hwy, Lilydale in October
Ferguson St, Williamstown announced as being complete in October
Old Geelong Rd, Hoppers Crossing listed as 'late 2021' but unlike all of the others above there is no date on the LXRP website yet.

Neil
ngarner
Surprised how much they are going to do this year, with still plenty more in the pipeline for next year. Roughly 8 crossings by my guess:
Preston-Bell project by 2022
The Glenroy crossing by 2022
Clyde road by 2022
Hallam elevated rail by 2022
Gap road Sunbury by 2022

Then what is left remaining:
Mont Albert/Surrey hills project by 2023
Fizgerald road/Robinsons road Ballarat/Geelong line by 2023
Derrimut Road crossing by 2024
Glenhuntly/Nerrim project by 2024
Pakenham project (Main Street/Mcgregor road/Racecourse road) by 2024
Cranbourne project (Greens road/Camms road/Webb street) by 2023-2025

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