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Trains will not stop at Carnegie and Murrumbeena stations throughout September, including the first three weeks of the footy finals, as work begins on the sky rail project.
Murrumbeena and Carnegie stations are both being elevated and rebuilt as part of Labor's level crossing removal project along the Cranbourne-Pakenham line.
The tracks will be elevated for kilometres and the work includes the redevelopment of five stations.
In a bid to minimise long disruptions both stations will be closed after the last train on Sunday, August 28, and reopen on September 26 when temporary stations are built.
An artist's impression of the sky rail at Murrumbeena station. Photo: SuppliedThe temporary stations, the government said, will allow locals to still use the trains while the new stations are built in 2018.
It is not the first time the level crossing policy has shut down services, in June another blitz strategy was used when the Frankston line between Moorabbin and Caulfield was shut down for 37 days to allow major works to remove three level crossings.
Traders near other level crossings in Bentleigh and Ormond have seen trade drop due to construction, so the government is trying to encourage locals to continue to support local businesses.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said characteristic parts of the existing stations would be incorporated into the new station precinct.
An artist's impression of the new Carnegie station. Buses will be available during the station closures.
A second closure of Carnegie Station is scheduled for November for further work.
Michelle Clarke in the backyard of her Carnegie home which backs on to the rail tracks where the sky rail will be built. Photo: Joe ArmaoMurrumbeena station's car park has already been closed as it is being used as a staging ground for the Sky Rail project, which will usemassive cranes to build the elevated track.
"We're getting on with transforming Melbourne's busiest rail corridor to ensure people spend less time on the road, and more time at home with their loved ones," Ms Allan said.
"We understand these works will make it harder for locals to get around in the short-term, but once these crossings are gone, we'll be able to run more trains and make our roads safer and less congested."
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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