30 Platforms On Cranbourne-Pakenham Line To Be Extended

30 Platforms On Cranbourne-Pakenham Line To Be Extended

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

Major Works Set To Start On New Elevated Rail Line

Victor P Taffa

Major construction on the Andrews Government’s $1.6 Billion project to remove every level crossing between Dandenong and the City is about to begin.

“These are Melbourne’s worst level crossings they’re dangerous, they’re congested, and they stop us running more trains on our busiest railway line.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“We’re getting rid of every level crossing by building modern elevated rail it means less disruption, 5 new railway stations, and 11 MCG’s (Melbourne Cricket Ground) of new community space and we’re getting it done.”

Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan to announce that, from the start of August, preparations will begin to install two ‘gantry cranes’ weighing 230 tonnes near Murrumbeena Railway Station ready for an advanced engineering feat never seen before in Victoria.

The huge gantry cranes 40 metres wide and 150 metres long will install the 2,500 locally-manufactured segments of the new modern elevated line by moving back and forth in the air while trains keep running underneath.

The advanced technique significantly reduces the impact on passengers and nearby homes during construction.

“This massive construction effort will create more than 2,000 jobs building a better line to carry more trains without clogging up our roads.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

“There will be impact on car parking while we build the new stations but every space will be off-set nearby, and ultimately the project will create more parking for passengers, as well as new open space for the community.”

This new line will remove 9 of Victoria’s worst level crossings, reducing road congestion, improving safety and creating space to run more trains in and out of the city.

New power and signalling will be installed and 30 platforms along the Cranbourne-Pakenham line will be extended so they are ready for the 65 new high-capacity trains that will begin using the line when the project is finished in 2018.

VIC Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

VIC Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car Park Impacts:

There will be impacts on commuter car parking while the five new elevated railway stations are built. Car Parks at:

  • Murrumbeena Railway Station will be fully closed,
  • Noble Park Railway Station will be partially closed,
  • Carnegie Railway Station will be fully closed from 7 August,
  • Clayton Railway Station will partially close in September,
  • Hughesdale Railway Station will close later in the year until 2018.

All parking temporarily lost at those Railway Stations will be off-set at:

  • Holmesglen Railway Station,
  • East Malvern Railway Station,
  • Huntingdale Railway Station,
  • Sandown Park Railway Station.

Once completed, the project will allow a significant increase in the number of commuter car parks along the line.