Major works begin in Dandenong
24 March 2021 – Media Release
Major works have begun to untangle the tracks at the junction where the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines merge in Dandenong. Crews have begun to remove old track crossovers to build new parallel tracks as part of the Cranbourne Line Upgrade.
Current speed restrictions on this section of the rail network mean that trains need to slow down as they move towards the junction from the north and south. Once complete in 2023, the parallel tracks will increase reliability, making it easier for trains to run to the timetable.
These upgrades will allow trains to run six times an hour on the Cranbourne line. By 2025, the Cranbourne line will be the first metro train line to be completely level crossing free.
Cranbourne Line Upgrade
Major construction is well underway for a vital upgrade, which will allow for trains every ten minutes on the Cranbourne line.
The Level Crossing Removal Project is fully duplicating the line by building eight kilometres of new track next to the existing one and duplicating two rail bridges at Abbotts Road and Eumemmerring Creek.
They are also removing the last three remaining level crossings between Cranbourne and the city and building a brand new station at Merinda Park in Lyndhurst.
One level crossing removal is now complete:
One level crossing removal is now underway:
Two more level crossings will be removed by 2025:
Hand in hand with the Metro Tunnel, the Cranbourne Line Upgrade will make road and rail travel easier, faster and more reliable for Melbourne’s south-east.
This project will also deliver a new rail connection for the Port Rail Shuttle Network, allowing freight to be transported by train from Dandenong South through to the Port of Melbourne.
Major works have also begun to untangle the tracks at the junction where the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines merge in Dandenong.
Once complete in 2023, the new parallel tracks will increase reliability, making it easier for trains to run to the timetable.
Read the Media Release here.
© Level Crossing Removal Project 2020
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