Victoria Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan
Major Works To Start On Toorak Road Crossing Removal
Victor P Taffa
Work to remove the dangerous and congested Toorak Road level crossing will ramp up this month, as the Andrews Government gets on with removing one of Melbourne’s worst bottlenecks.
“Work are ramping up work at Toorak Road, as we get on with removing this dangerous level crossing to make it easier and safer to get around.” Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said.
Over the first weekend of October, crews will work around the clock to relocate underground services and utilities, and begin work on the foundations for the new rail bridge.
To enable these works to be undertaken safely, Toorak Road will be closed at the level crossing from 9:00 pm on Friday 4 October until 5:00 am on Monday 7 October.
Buses will replace trains and road detours will be in place encouraging motorists to use Burke Road, Tooronga Road and Glenferrie Road to avoid the closure. Monash Freeway traffic that would usually exit at Toorak Road should instead use the Burke Road exit to avoid the closure and avoid CityLink tolls.
Drivers should plan ahead and allow extra time if travelling through the area. Detour signage will be in place and motorists are encouraged to use Burke Road, Tooronga Road and Glenferrie Road to avoid the closure.
These works will enable a new rail bridge next to the existing rail line to minimise impacts to rail and road commuters.
Toorak Road level crossing is a major bottleneck for people travelling to the Monash Freeway and CityLink via Toorak Road, Glenferrie Road and Tooronga Road.
With boom gates down for 35 % of the morning peak the level crossing causes delays and frustration for the 37,000 vehicles that travel through the level crossing each day.
Elevating the rail line will ease the bottleneck for traffic entering and exiting the Monash Freeway, improve cycling and pedestrian connections, and create new open spaces for the community to enjoy.
Toorak Road level crossing will be gone by 2021 and is one of 75 crossings to be removed by 2025.