8 Km Of Single Track On Cranbourne Line To Be Duplicated

8 Km Of Single Track On Cranbourne Line To Be Duplicated

Victoria Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan

Major Transport Upgrades To Support Melbourne’s South East

Victor P Taffa

Tens of thousands of people in the fast-growing communities of Lyndhurst, Cranbourne West and Lynbrook will get home sooner and safer as the Andrews Government gets on with a $1 Billion pipeline of road and rail projects for the south east.

Visiting Lyndhurst today, Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said that the Evans Road level crossing removal would be fast tracked, with work to build the new road bridge to begin this year and be complete in 2020.

“We are getting on with the job of removing the last 4 remaining dangerous and congested level crossings to help people get home sooner and safer.” Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said.

“Removing the remaining level crossings and duplicating the line will pave the way for more trains, more often.”

Major upgrades to the nearby intersection of Evans Road, Hallam Road and South Gippsland Highway, along with the removal of the level crossing, will enable Evans Road to reopen.

Evans Road has been closed at the level crossing since 2005, dividing the communities of Lyndhurst, Lynbrook and Cranbourne West, and forcing drivers to take lengthy detours.

When Evans Road reopens, it will reconnect communities making it up to 4 times faster to travel across the rail line to the South Gippsland Highway.

Level crossing removal complements several upgrades on the Cranbourne line that will boost road and rail capacity and make travel easier. 3 more level crossings located at Webster Street, Camms Road and Greens Road will go, making the Cranbourne line the first to be level crossing-free.

“Our local community is one of the fastest growing communities in Victoria so we’re getting on with these vital upgrades that will cater for locals now and well into the future.” Member for Cranbourne Pauline Richards said.

Site investigations are underway to duplicate 8 km of single track between Dandenong and Cranbourne by 2023. Duplication will remove bottlenecks, enable trains to run every 10 minutes, and pave the way for the line to be extended to Clyde.

Area will also benefit from the Thompsons Road Upgrade with 4.3 km of new lanes set to open in mid-March between Dandenong-Frankston Road and Lyndhurst Boulevard along with the newly signalised Westernport Highway intersection.

Drivers will experience safer and more reliable journeys when all duplication road works are completed and the twin 3 lane bridges over the Cranbourne line open in mid-2019.

Safety improvements at one of Melbourne’s most notorious intersections will also be fast tracked as part of the project following the installation of traffic lights at Dandenong-Frankston Road by early 2020.