The Mt Derrimut Road level crossing in Melbourne’s western suburbs will be removed a year ahead of schedule, with works scheduled to begin on a two-kilometre rail bridge by the end of the year.
A new Deer Park station will also be built to deliver better links to the newly built residential areas of Derrimut. A pedestrian connection will link the suburbs to the north and south of the station.
The station will see 150 new and upgraded car spaces delivered, along with new bike facilities, to encourage passengers to park and catch the train into Melbourne.
Raising the train line is expected to boost the community’s connections to schools, parks and healthcare.
“By 2024, Deer Park and Ardeer will be completely level crossing-free – reducing congestion and delivering better community connections for our growing western suburbs,” Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said.
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“More trains than ever are now running on this part of the rail network – so it’s essential we get these crossings gone for good as soon as possible.”
The existing boom gates at Mt Derrimut Road can be down for long periods of time, causing massive delays for up to 23,000 motorists who pass through the crossing each day.
In December last year, traffic banked up for hours after an incident where a truck collided with a boom gate, breaking it in two.
Since 2017, there have 15 boom gate collisions and 15 near misses at this level crossing.
Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz said it is absolutely time for the level crossing to go
“Right now, the Mt Derrimut Road level crossing dominates the way people commute, shop and even send their kids to school,” Kairouz said.
Works on the nearby Fitzgerald and Robinsons Road level crossings are underway, with the combined removal of the three Ardeer and Deer Park crossings allowing for future improvements to the area’s rail infrastructure.
Three massive piling rigs will soon start work at Robinsons Road to drill 118 circular foundations that will support retaining walls for the new road underpass and rail bridge.