Public Transport Victoria forum hears call for more Maryborough train services
State Government Commits to Developing Rail Infrastructure for Victoria
Horsham residents to be quizzed about future use of dormant rail corridor land
No choppers here: Malcolm Turnbull takes the train to Geelong
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy backs Melbourne Airport rail link
Jail time for train threats to Vline Staff
Premier Daniel Andrews hears efforts to address Central Goldfields disadvantage, push for more Maryborough trains
The Inland Rail Link Melbourne to Brisbane a Similar Case as the RAA's Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link
North-West Rail Alliance urges more council support amid push for return of Mildura passenger rail
Grampians Rail Trail: Shire calls for community to step up and manage facility
WET and windy weather has been blamed for delaying the reopening of a new sky rail station in Melbourne’s south east.
Murrumbeena commuters face an extra month of disruption with the station, which has been closed since mid-June. The station is now set to reopen on October 2.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority originally planned to reopen the station in early September — and possibly earlier — following $1.6 billion in works along the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.
Works continue on Murrumbeena railway station upgrade.
Murrumbeena commuters face an extra month of disruption with their station. Picture: Mark DadswellAuthority project director Brett Summers said crews were working around the clock to get the train station open, but could not control the weather.
“We thank commuters for bearing with us while we get these critical works done,” Mr Summers said.
“It’s been a complex process to get some massive construction equipment up and running at Murrumbeena, but the end result will mean we can push ahead with building the new elevated line while trains keep running.”
Weather conditions on key dates in July prevented several tests to be carried out on the equipment, leading to unavoidable delays.
The authority said these tests needed to occur while the rail line was closed, meaning they could not be rescheduled for the next day.
During the station’s closure, frustrated commuters have faced delays in getting to and from the city as buses replace trains.
Buses have replaced trains at Murumbeena railway station. Picture: Mark Dadswell
Wet and windy weather has been blamed for delaying the reopening of Murumbeena railway station.Public Transport Users Association spokesman Daniel Bowen said passengers would hope any station closures were minimised.
“One of the core promises of sky rail was that it would mean less disruption to train services than other methods of removing the crossings,” Mr Bowen said.
“The Level Crossing Removal Authority needs to deliver on that promise.
“Removal of the crossings will be a plus when it’s completed, but months of bus replacement services can make passengers’ lives a misery.
“The quicker the station reopens, the better.”
The controversial sky rail project involves the removal of nine level crossings by elevating the railway line between Caulfield and Dandenong.
The crossings are among the state’s worst with boom gates down for more than 80 minutes in the morning peak at a number of sites.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2017 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.