50 level crossings to be removed

 
  Adogs Chief Train Controller

No level crossing removals are going on hold with the recent announcements from the Victorian Premier.

The Vic govt will want to ramp up work to take advantage of the weeks of low traffic volume - you'll see quite a lot of progress happen before we come back out of hibernation.
And the project worksites have been pretty good at handling all the rules related to Covid anyway, from what I've experianced.
speedemon08

Andrews just before said large government projects (presumably that includes the Metro tunnel and LX removals) are currently at about 50% workforce and they'll try and reduce them down to 25% if safe and possible.  

But at any rate, that's still 6 weeks of drastically reduced road traffic etc that will mean they can get quite a bit done even with a reduced number of workers onsite.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Andrews just before said large government projects (presumably that includes the Metro tunnel and LX removals) are currently at about 50% workforce and they'll try and reduce them down to 25% if safe and possible.  

But at any rate, that's still 6 weeks of drastically reduced road traffic etc that will mean they can get quite a bit done even with a reduced number of workers onsite.
Adogs

I think he has also said today those projects involving closed lines will need to be completed as soon as possible.
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

Remember when they announced the two main alliances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqV5FT-v7Q4

According to the LXRP sources, the NWPA (North western package alliance) has had many more additional crossings from their original set.

The North East package alliance originally was dedicated to remove the crossings Hurstbridge and Mernda lines, it looks like all the Mernda level crossings were shifted onto the NWPA. High street and Bell street essentially, plus the addition 3 added on from the 2018 pledge.

Obviously the 2 extra on the Upfield line were automatically added onto the NWPA, which are responsible for the Bell - Moreland project.

What is really bizarre is that all the Pakenham level crossings have also been given towards the NWPA, despite being nowhere near north west of Melbourne. I would probably assume it was done to accelerate the progress at Cardinia road, so it didn't need to go through the tender process. The same excuse was applied when they did Skye/Overton road on the Frankston line.

LXPA Source: https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/438765/NWPA00311-NWPA-Annual-Sustainability-Report-20200515-Draft-v072.pdf

So originally the NWPA had 6 level crossings removals they were responsible for. Now in 2020, this has increased to 17, an increase of 11 crossings to the alliance. XP
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
On my way to do some shopping this morning, it was noted at Werribee St and Cherry st works continuing at a reasonable pace, but probably less than it could have been if they could have had more staff on site. Closures at weribee st for most of this week to allow for the re-alignment of the SG. Some had been saying onto the BG alignment, however it more looks like its moving onto a temporary alignment north west of the existing, which is what the community was told would be happening. A lot of bridge pieces have been brought to a staging area within the rail reserve near Werribee race course.

works are also occurring to remove the track from the alignment where the new bridge structure is to go, with BG trains now going via the RRL. I did note, which i thought strange a Y/R aspect on the signal gantries that where not being pulled down or moved, including the SG arival signal to Manor Loop.
  ngarner Assistant Commissioner

Location: Seville
No level crossing removals are going on hold with the recent announcements from the Victorian Premier.
Adogs
According to the LXRP website the Old Geelong Rd crossing work is 'pausing' from tonight:
Laverton

however, the Lilydale work is ramping up with both sides of Williams St being closed over the weekend and the west side for a few days later next week:
Lilydale

Mooroolbark's car park is closing next Friday with a temporary replacement a 10 minute walk to the east:
Mooroolbark

Neil
  ngarner Assistant Commissioner

Location: Seville
And with Lilydale work getting underway, both sides of the rail line between the highway and John St are now fenced off including the parking areas, both formal and informal, with light towers and machinery ready to do whatever they have planned for the weekends work.

Neil
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
New Cheltenham station looks really nice and opened on schedule which is terrific if you consider the covid19 restrictions in Melbourne.

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/new-cheltenham-station-opens-on-schedule
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I drove across the crossing at Werribee St today, despite earlier reports, the SG track is still running along its original alignment. A new track has been mostly laid in place on the Northern/ Western side of it, but as yet is not connected to the mainline at either end.

Before this can happen, the Northern/ Western side boom gates and flashing lights will need to be moved, currently they are in between the original track and the new track.

I guess there will need to be another occupation of the Western SG line to get this new track connected.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
I drove across the crossing at Werribee St today, despite earlier reports, the SG track is still running along its original alignment. A new track has been mostly laid in place on the Northern/ Western side of it, but as yet is not connected to the mainline at either end.

Before this can happen, the Northern/ Western side boom gates and flashing lights will need to be moved, currently they are in between the original track and the new track.

I guess there will need to be another occupation of the Western SG line to get this new track connected.
Gman_86
Will add to Gman_86's comments that the BG track has been removed, and the formation was being dug up when i went through on Saturday. Pads are in place for moving the level crossing infrastructure when they are ready to do so. If they set themselves up right, they should be able to cut the track over on a Monday when its a bit quieter.
  slowcoach Junior Train Controller



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkftipmRmuo
Progress on the Bell-Moreland level crossing project. Around 50% of the concrete beams have been placed into position and all 4 sets of boom gates (Moreland Rd, Reynard St, Munro St and Bell St, Coburg) have been removed.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Regarding Werribee St, Werribee:

The Standard gauge has been connected to the new temporary track, the level crossing equipment has been relocated and the level crossing has since re-opened to road traffic and standard gauge rail traffic.

The broad gauge and the former standard gauge lines have been removed and the construction of the new rail bridge for both broad and standard gauge tracks has started with some pre-cast concrete panels already in place.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Following on from Gman_86, Cherry street works are focusing on covering/re-routing the irrigation channel next to the Wyndham City Council offices. Expect them to begin flat out to fill in the approaches once that has been complete. The substantive concrete works for the bridge over the rail seem to be finished.

Old Geelong Rd at hoppers crossing was deemed not to be "essential" under stage 4, and works have been shut down until at least the end of October i'd imagine when construction starts to ramp up again. Demolition works are yet to commence on the motel in the way of the new road has not begun, and they seem to be trading as normal.
  Rossco T Chief Train Controller

Location: Camberwell, Victoria
Old Geelong Rd at hoppers crossing was deemed not to be "essential" under stage 4, and works have been shut down until at least the end of October i'd imagine when construction starts to ramp up again. Demolition works are yet to commence on the motel in the way of the new road has not begun, and they seem to be trading as normal.
Galron

The Old Geelong Road level crossing seems to be the only one of the level crossing projects to be deemed 'non-essential'.  I wonder why that is the case?

Ross
  ngarner Assistant Commissioner

Location: Seville
Old Geelong Rd at hoppers crossing was deemed not to be "essential" under stage 4, and works have been shut down until at least the end of October i'd imagine when construction starts to ramp up again. Demolition works are yet to commence on the motel in the way of the new road has not begun, and they seem to be trading as normal.
Galron

The Old Geelong Road level crossing seems to be the only one of the level crossing projects to be deemed 'non-essential'.  I wonder why that is the case?

Ross
"Rossco T"


It is the only one, currently under construction, that was one of the extra 25 promoted at the 2018 election, so doesn't need to be completed by 2022. A six to eight month pause will still get it done by 2025, even if that means the Werribee three aren't finished at the same time.
These could be factors that allowed it to be deferred.

Neil
  Obzerva Station Master

Location: #6 / Glen Waverley line
Does anyone have any insight / knowledge as to whether further level crossing removals might be announced as part of job projects for the state post Covid?
  reubstar6 Chief Train Controller

Does anyone have any insight / knowledge as to whether further level crossing removals might be announced as part of job projects for the state post Covid?
Obzerva

I don't have insight however I would suspect that they would prioritise doing the ones they already have committed to over starting new ones. They still probably have a good 25-30 level crossings on the list which haven't seen any construction works at all so any added level crossings would only go to the end of the list. I'm sure they will eventually expand the program although they'll probably leave that till the next election campaign.
  Op Kronos Station Master

The Bell to Moreland Level Crossing Project is taking shape quite nicely with all the beams installed by at around 11/09/2020. The Melbourne Trains Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/MelbourneTrains/) has a poster frequently posting updates has posted pictures that show that the track has largely been laid with parts of overhead wiring starting to be strung up on the stanchions. The stations on the other hand, are far from complete with parts and fetaures slowly starting to take shape.
  Lockie91 Chief Train Controller

The Bell to Moreland Level Crossing Project is taking shape quite nicely with all the beams installed by at around 11/09/2020. The Melbourne Trains Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/MelbourneTrains/) has a poster frequently posting updates has posted pictures that show that the track has largely been laid with parts of overhead wiring starting to be strung up on the stanchions. The stations on the other hand, are far from complete with parts and fetaures slowly starting to take shape.
Op Kronos
The line may be commissioned early, services will just express the stations while fit out continues.

Lockie
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
The Bell to Moreland Level Crossing Project is taking shape quite nicely with all the beams installed by at around 11/09/2020. The Melbourne Trains Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/MelbourneTrains/) has a poster frequently posting updates has posted pictures that show that the track has largely been laid with parts of overhead wiring starting to be strung up on the stanchions. The stations on the other hand, are far from complete with parts and fetaures slowly starting to take shape.
The line may be commissioned early, services will just express the stations while fit out continues.

Lockie
Lockie91
Perhaps they'll build enough to make them usable, open them in that state, then complete them while they're beingt used?
  LeroyW Junior Train Controller

Location: Awaiting MM2
The line may be commissioned early, services will just express the stations while fit out continues.

Lockie
Perhaps they'll build enough to make them usable, open them in that state, then complete them while they're beingt used?
railblogger
I'll raise you and say they'll do both...

With both the LX and station rebuilds at Rosanna and Reservoir the trains expressed through the station for some weeks (with replacement shuttle buses from nearby stations) until the stations were "usable" and then were open to the public.

The full fit out however took many more months: even fairly important things like elevators and the final stairs for access weren't ready when the stations first opened (temporary access points were used instead).
  historian Deputy Commissioner

The line may be commissioned early, services will just express the stations while fit out continues.

Lockie
Perhaps they'll build enough to make them usable, open them in that state, then complete them while they're beingt used?
railblogger
I'll raise you and say they'll do both...

With both the LX and station rebuilds at Rosanna and Reservoir the trains expressed through the station for some weeks (with replacement shuttle buses from nearby stations) until the stations were "usable" and then were open to the public.

The full fit out however took many more months: even fairly important things like elevators and the final stairs for access weren't ready when the stations first opened (temporary access points were used instead).
"LeroyW"


The three stage process of getting the line back into service as early as possible, opening the new stations in an incomplete state, and finally finishing everything off, has been the standard approach at all the grade separations involving stations.

It's hard to see why they'd do it any other way. It minimises cost and passenger disruption.

(It's also how they did the Underground Rail Loop, as well.)
  CraigieburnLineUser Locomotive Fireman

The line may be commissioned early, services will just express the stations while fit out continues.

Lockie
Perhaps they'll build enough to make them usable, open them in that state, then complete them while they're beingt used?
I'll raise you and say they'll do both...

With both the LX and station rebuilds at Rosanna and Reservoir the trains expressed through the station for some weeks (with replacement shuttle buses from nearby stations) until the stations were "usable" and then were open to the public.

The full fit out however took many more months: even fairly important things like elevators and the final stairs for access weren't ready when the stations first opened (temporary access points were used instead).
LeroyW
I'll raise you Laughing with firmer dates from the Metro Planned Works page. So trains are stated to come back to the line November 15 but will run express through Moreland and Coburg. The stations will open in mid-December and like other projects the works around the traps will continue after the stations open
  ngarner Assistant Commissioner

Location: Seville
The line may be commissioned early, services will just express the stations while fit out continues.

Lockie
Perhaps they'll build enough to make them usable, open them in that state, then complete them while they're beingt used?
I'll raise you and say they'll do both...

With both the LX and station rebuilds at Rosanna and Reservoir the trains expressed through the station for some weeks (with replacement shuttle buses from nearby stations) until the stations were "usable" and then were open to the public.

The full fit out however took many more months: even fairly important things like elevators and the final stairs for access weren't ready when the stations first opened (temporary access points were used instead).
LeroyW
I'll raise you Laughing with firmer dates from the Metro Planned Works page. So trains are stated to come back to the line November 15 but will run express through Moreland and Coburg. The stations will open in mid-December and like other projects the works around the traps will continue after the stations open
"CraigieburnLineUser"


That date is the one that has been proposed since before they even started work, so if the works finish early then it will be earlier that 15/11 that trains start running again

Neil
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
LXRA sent out an update yesterday to those on the mailing list re the Werribee St and Cherry St projects. I travel through the area most days with my exercise, and the descriptions match the works email.

Werribee St

SG track on temporary alignment for about a month now. 60 kph speed limit through the area. What looks to be dedicated traffic control, possibly even safeworking qualified people on duty 24/7 for pedestrians. Site does seem to be going almost 24/7 or perhaps 2x 8 hour shifts. Bridge Pier construction well advanced, while embankment concrete edging has gone in for earth ramps both sides of the crossing. Bridge looks to be 8 spans. Bridge span beams are on site and have been for a while. Expect them to be mounted in the next 2-3 weeks once the concrete on the piers has sufficiently set.

Cherry St

Not much obvious progress for a while aside from covering of the irrigation channel next to Wyndham City offices. Bridge it's self has been in place for close to 2 months now. Email update says they will start working on the traffic intersections on both sides in the next month, as well as continued work on the pedestrian underpass.

Also

Hoppers Crossing

No work on site since lockdown. not deemed essential. Expect that will ramp up again after the next lot of restrictions are lifted

Aviation Rd/Aircraft Station Pedestrian underpass

Local media has said that work on the pedestrian underpass at Aircraft station should start soon. As the next lot of restrictions come off i imagine. Once completed that will see that project complete.

Link to some photos at Werribee St and Cherry St HERE
  slowcoach Junior Train Controller



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4H2RWJ_bf8&ab_channel=levelcrossings
Designs released for the Oakover to Muarry (Bell-Preston) elevated rail project.
- Bell station will have 2 side platforms, and Preston station will have 1 island platform.
- New shared use path between Oakover Rd to Muarry Rd

Stations are projected to open late 2022.

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