Rail replacement booming in Melbourne
Bus companies in Melbourne’s east are transporting huge number of passengers, as the Victorian Government’s rail level crossing removal project surges ahead.
Level crossings at Blackburn and Heatherdale Road in Melbourne’s east are now gone – the ninth and 10th crossings removed so far — with 40 still to go.
Eleven rail stations have been redeveloped in Melbourne in the last two years, which has also required buses to carry passengers along certain sections of rail.
Rail lines at Blackburn and Heatherdale Road have now been moved underground, and buses replaced trains for 41-days, during the construction blitz that saw 800 staff remove soil and rock to lower the line so that trains can safely run under the road for the first time.
Ten level crossings are being removed currently and another seven removals will start this year.