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The Level Crossings Removal Project estimates that the Toorak Road level crossing will be removed six months ahead of schedule.
A revised completion date of April will see the new rail bridge operational, with cars travelling underneath.
Work currently being completed includes the installation of 18 concrete columns to support the new rail bridge. During February and March, U-troughs will be installed which will form the rail bridge. 20 of the structures will be installed along with retaining walls in Tooronga Park and Talbot Crescent.
While works and being undertaken, the rail line will be closed during the next months. These will be scheduled during off-peak periods.
In early 2021, 23,000 trees, plants, and grasses will be plated to finish the project.
Other projects currently underway as part of the Level Crossings Removal Project include site investigations for upgrades to the Hurstbridge Line. Surveys and investigations have occurred in Greensborough, Montmorency, and Diamond Creek.
As part of the Level Crossings Removal Project, the Victorian government plans to duplicate the rail line between Greensborough and Montmorency, and between Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen. Work will also be undertaken at Greensborough and Montmorency stations.
Train stabling at Victoria Park will also be upgraded and power and signalling will be improved along parts of the Hurstbridge Line. Submissions on changes to the Planning Scheme Amendment which will enable the project are now open.
This article first appeared on www.railexpress.com.au
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