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The track will be closed to complete final works, including overhead wiring and to move trains onto the new elevated rail.
It will remove three sets of boom gates in Noble Park.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the closures would cause significant disruptions.
“The gains that we are going to see, and have already seen in other parts of the city, are worth the inconvenience to get this done,” he said.
The Heatherton Road rail crossing in Noble Park today. Picture: AAP
Design for the Noble Park sky rail station.Mr Andrews hit back at reports today that the $8.3 million project to remove level crossings had taken just a minute, on average, off travel times.
An Auditor-General’s report last year found the project’s budget had blown out and the government had not targeted the 50 most dangerous and congested crossings, as promised.
Level crossing removal update at Noble Park in October last year. Picture: Wayne Taylor“What’s really average is if you get stuck at one of these things (level crossings) for 10-15 minutes,” Mr Andrews said.
“There’s a bit of a flaw in the logic — the notion of average travel time — when some people will go straight through under the current system.
“Others will get stuck there for five minutes, seven minutes, eight minutes.”
Sky rail works over Koornang Rd in Carnegie.Level Crossing Removal Authority chief executive Kevin Devlin said it would take three months’ work after the new line is open to finish the station and landscape the area.
“There’s the privacy screens to be finished off there, the edge treatments and there will be also anti-graffiti touches to the piers — they will be painted at the base of the piers,” he said.
“We’ve got a dog park and active play space with boulders and logs for kids to climb and play.
“We are asking the community to bear with us. There will still be finishing works going on to the station and as the crews can come in and rip up the old rail and start the landscaping works.”
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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