Level Crossing Removal Project

Workmen with a crane laying steel foundations during level crossing removal and construction. Photograph by Craig Moodie.The $2.4 billion Level Crossing Removal Project represents a significant investment in Melbourne's transport infrastructure and economic growth. Work is underway in 2016, with at least 20 level crossings to be completed by 2018, and the full 50 over the next eight years, by 2023.

Removing the dangerous and obstructive level crossings across the Metropolitan rail network will ease peak hour road congestion and allow for more train services, getting people to work and home safer and faster. The project will also revitalise local communities with station rebuilds, community parks and pathways.

The Level Crossing Removal Project is part of an unprecedented amount of rail infrastructure work to be completed over the next ten years. This project alone is creating 4,500 jobs during the construction, and contributing to the long-term growth of Victorian industry through the Training for the Future program, investing in a new generation of skilled rail workers.

In January 2016 the first boom gates were removed at Burke Road, Glen Iris, and the new Gardiner station reopened as a modern, safe transport hub. In the 2016-17 budget the Victorian Government announced a further $140.2 million for the upgrade of the Hurstbridge rail line to be completed in 2019, and $587.7 million for the Mernda rail extension project, providing for the growing communities of Melbourne's northern suburbs.

A dedicated Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) has been established to deliver the program of works. LXRA is administering the planning and construction of level crossing removal, working with Public Transport Victoria (PTA) and the government to ensure coordinated and efficient completion of the project.

More information

Updates and information about disruptions during work can be found at the Level Crossing Removal Authority website.

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Page last updated: 20 July 2016