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More trains, less level crossings

27 Apr 2018

With previous infrastructure investments now close to completion, more train services have been funded in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 to roll out on our new rail tracks.

Turn-up-and-go services every ten minutes will be extended between Dandenong and the city on weekdays from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, once every level crossing between Caulfield and Dandenong is removed.

A major construction blitz from 29 May to 17 June 2018 will remove the final four level crossings along the Dandenong corridor, as well as undertake critical signalling and infrastructure work.

During this time, buses will replace trains on sections of the Cranbourne, and Pakenham lines. On Monday 18 June, trains will be running on the last section of elevated rail.

Two brand new stations at Murrumbeena and Carnegie will open to passengers and four more level crossings at Murrumbeena Road, Grange Road, Poath Road and Koornang Road will be gone for good.

Work on the new Hughesdale Station will continue until later this year.

There will be additional services on the Hurstbridge and Mernda lines when the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade and Mernda Rail Extension are complete later this year.

The completion of the Hurstbridge Line Upgrade Stage 1 and the removal of two level crossings will see the introduction of two extra services every weekday from late August, on top of the four extra peak services introduced in 2017.

The extension of the line to Mernda is ahead of schedule so the extra services required are being brought forward.

Once the Mernda Rail Extension is completed, 982 services per week will be extended from South Morang to Mernda, including five new services in the morning and four in the evening each weekday.

The new timetable incorporating these increased services will be available later this year.