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Communities in the Melbourne suburbs of Beaconsfield and Officer will soon benefit from an elevated road bridge at Brunt Road, removing the dangerous and congested level crossing and boosting safety in Melbourne’s south-east.
Removing this level crossing will improve safety, reduce congestion and allow more trains to run, more often.
The boom gates at Brunt Road are down for up to 20 per cent of the morning peak, when 24 trains run through the crossing, causing significant traffic delays for the 8400 vehicles that use the crossing each day. Since 2012 there have been 2 near misses and one collision at the Brunt Road level crossing.
An early design has been released of the new road bridge, which will be built alongside the existing Brunt Road level crossing, meaning fewer disruptions for drivers and train passengers during construction.
A shared use path and separate pedestrian path along the road bridge will provide new local connections for the growing community.
The community has an opportunity to provide feedback on what they enjoy about the area, and how they move around the station precinct.
Feedback can be provided online at Engage Victoria by Monday, June 20.
To receive a hardcopy of the survey, please email email@example.com or call 1800 105 105.
Access to Brunt Road from Kenilworth Avenue and Cooper Beech Road will be closed permanently. Vehicles will still be able to access Brunt Road via Just Joey Drive.
The boom gates will be gone for good in 2025, when the Pakenham line will become level crossing-free, with level crossings at Webb Street, Narre Warren and Station Street, Beaconsfield also among the next tranche of removals.
Over the coming months, crews on the ground will continue with site investigations ahead of early works, which will start at the end of the year. Major construction is scheduled to begin next year, with the road open and level crossing gone in 2025.
This article first appeared on www.railexpress.com.au
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