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MURRUMBEENA commuters will face more disruption when the station closes for up to 11 weeks for sky rail construction.
The station will close on Saturday, June 17 to allow for works on the $1.6 billion level crossing removal project along the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines.
Commuters who found out this morning were not impressed.
Raj Patel, of Murrumbeena, said getting to work in the city and back was going to be “an ordeal”.
“We already went through the station closing last year,” he said.
Level Crossing Removal Authority project director Brett Summers said the station would close for up to 11 weeks, but the authority would try to shorten that period.
During this time Cranbourne and Pakenham line trains will run express through Murrumbeena.
Buses will take Murrumbeena passengers to Caulfield, Carnegie or Hughesdale stations, where they can continue their journey by train.
Public Transport Users Association spokesman Daniel Bowen called on the LXRA to minimise the closure.
“Bus replacement services always result in delays waiting for connections,” Mr Bowen said.
He said a long unpredictable delay would not impress commuters.
It’s not the first time work on the level crossings has shut down stations.
Murrumbeena and Carnegie commuters endured station closures from August until September last year when temporary stations were built.
Carnegie had a second closure in January to March this year.
About 800,000 train journeys start at Murrumbeena each year, according to the State Government’s most recent station patronage figures. More than 950,000 start at Carnegie.
Mr Summers said crews would need full access to the station during late June and July.
He said they would build temporary protective decking and continue installing beams around the station.
“Our crews will be working as hard as they can to get the job done as quickly and safely as possible,” Mr Summers said.
“If we can do it quicker, we will.”
Two giant gantry cranes based at Murrumbeena will be used to build the elevated line while trains run underneath, reducing disruption for passengers passing through the station.
“This project will build a modern, safe, comfortable station for locals,” Mr Summers said.
“Passengers and visitors will benefit for years to come,” Mr Summers said.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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