Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing officially abolished
By Lynton Balia on 29 June 2018
As part of the single biggest Level Crossing Removal project in Melbourne’s history, every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong officially bade goodbye.
Removing the final four of nine dangerous and congested crossings along Melbourne’s busiest rail corridor, a new 3.2-kilometre stretch of elevated rail opened for passengers today between Caulfield and Hughesdale.
The removal of these four crossings means that boom gates will never hold up traffic at Poath, Murrumbeena, Koornang and Granger roads again. Including pedestrians, drivers and cyclists are already experiencing free-flowing traffic after crews carried away four sets of the boom gates during night works.
Connecting neighbourhoods and busy shopping trips long-divided by the rail line, work will move full steam ahead to build the new park, paths and open space to take the place of tired ground level tracks.
In addition, as part of the landmark project, four out of five new stations have been rebuilt. These four stations are now taking passengers and a the fifth one at Hughesdale is set to be completed in the coming months.
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