Victoria Acting Premier James Merlino
Reservoir Railway Station To Open And Crossing Gone By Christmas
Victor P Taffa
Reservoir’s dangerous and congested High Street level crossing will be gone for good and the new Reservoir Railway Station open by Christmas.
“We said we’d get rid of this notorious bottleneck in the heart of Reservoir and that’s exactly what we’re doing.” Acting Premier James Merlino said.
Western side of the rail bridge is now in place, and the eastern side of the bridge is almost complete. Fourteen 90-tonne steel bridge sections are now being lifted into place, ready for trains to run with the railway station due to open on Monday 16 December.
Removal of the level crossing means the 6 boom gates previously down for up to 24 minutes during the morning peak will never again hold up traffic at the intersection used by 36,000 vehicles each day.
In the past decade there were 3 recorded collisions, a fatality and 26 near misses at this level crossing.
“We’ve already removed 30 dangerous and congested level crossings and soon we’ll add Reservoir to that list helping locals to get where they need to go safer and sooner.” Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said.
Removal of the level crossing will also benefit local businesses, who continue to receive targeted support from the project during the disruption.
With the crossing gone, finishing works around the station precinct will continue in 2020, including completion of the station building, lifts and landscaping.
Updated designs on new community spaces, released today, showcase the new civic plaza, which will improve pedestrian connectivity between Edwardes Street and Broadway, as well as the project’s 330 extra trees.
In order to get the railway station open and trains running on the new bridge, there will be changes to travel with buses replacing trains on sections of the Mernda line from Tuesday 3 December to last train Sunday 15 December.
“Come December, the new station will be open for passengers and motorists will be able to drive through the intersection without being stuck at a dangerous level crossing.” Member for Preston Robin Scott said.
During this time, workers will demolish the old Reservoir Railway Station platforms and install new track and overhead wires. Metro Tunnel crews will also use the rail line closure to install track-side equipment and signalling technology between Epping and South Morang stations to prepare the site for high-capacity signalling testing in 2020.
Work to improve safety and deliver more trains on the Mernda line, used by 33,000 passengers each weekday, is continuing with another 4 level crossing removals and new railway stations at Bell and Preston planned.