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.
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.
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.
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 weekendThey 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.
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
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).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
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 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.
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.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.
13 LX this year are: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:
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.
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