Victoria’s largest level crossing removal construction blitz is on its way to be completed two weeks ahead of schedule.
The Upfield Line has been closed for three months to accomodate for the works, which involve building a 2.5 kilometre rail bridge to eliminate four level crossings.
Construction crews have been working day and night since July to remove crossings at Bell Street, Munro Street and Reynard Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick, Melbourne.
Since the blitz began, 268 concrete L-beam bridge segments, 21,000 tonnes of ballast, 7,000 concrete railway sleepers and more than ten kilometres of new rail have been installed.
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Trains will run express from Coburg to Moreland when services return with work to continue on the new stations until mid-December.
Next year crews will continue to construct a community space underneath the rail line which will feature over 3000 new trees and plants.
Other level crossing sites are also progressing including in Glenroy and Preston. For these projects five level crossings will be removed by the end of 2022.
The Victorian Government is now more than halfway through the program to remove 75 level crossings by 2025. When trains begin running on the Upfield line elevated rail in November, 43 level crossings will have been removed.