Rail re­place­ment boom­ing in Mel­bourne

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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.

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