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Works ramp up on Lilydale Line level crossing removals

A $631 million contract has been awarded to Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs, Metro Trains Melbourne to fast track two level crossing removals at Mont Albert.

Levels crossings at Mont Albert Road and Union Road have been fast tracked for removal, as part of the Melbourne Level Crossing Removal Project.

The rail line will be lowered into an open trench beneath the roads, with a new station built between Mont Albert and Surrey Hills.

The crossings both impede the flow of more than 22,000 motorists each day, with the boom gates down for up to 40 per cent of the morning peak.

Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said the Lilydale Line will be boom-gate free by 2025

“Works will get underway to ensure two more of Melbourne’s most notorious level crossings on the Lilydale line are gone for good – including at Union Road in Surrey Hills – which was tragically the site of two fatalities in 2016,” Allan said.

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The level crossing in Surrey Hills was the site of a tragic incident that resulted in two fatalities in 2016, and both sites have recorded at least eight near misses.

Crews will begin to move and upgrade signalling power and communication lines along the rail corridor for the 1.3-kilometres trench.

Digging will also take place at Lorne Parade Reserve for the lowering of a major water main 9.6 metres below ground.

More than 52,000 trees, plants and shrubs will also be planted as part of the project, while new paths and cycling links will also be developed through Lorne Parade Reserve.

“We’re making the area safer and less congested by getting rid of these two-level crossings – taking away the lottery of waiting at the boom gates,” Member for Box Hill Paul Hamer said.

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