The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering a new transport hub in Croydon, with works kicking off to remove a dangerous level crossing and build a new station.
As part of the project a 593-metre-long rail bridge will be constructed and include the new station platforms, creating two new road connections beneath the rail bridge at Lacey Street and Kent Avenue, and Devon Street and Wicklow Avenue.
About 10,000 vehicles a day travel across the level crossing, with more than 100 trains passing through each weekday, causing traffic congestion during peak periods.
Workers have set up fencing in parts of the project area to prepare for the relocation and upgrading of essential water, power and signalling services in the rail corridor.
The car park between Mount View and Devon streets and parts of the northern station car park will be closed while bus routes 380, 670, 671 and 672 will be temporarily relocated to Croydon Road and Kent Avenue.
The project will bring the Lilydale Line one step closer to being level crossing free in 2025, changing the way people live, work and travel.
The Labor Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project is removing 110 level crossings by 2030, with 67 already gone for good, boosting safety and easing congestion.
Quotes attributable to Member for North-Eastern Metropolitan Sonja Terpstra
“We are transforming the heart of Croydon to get rid of the dangerous and congested level crossing and create a modern train station with a more accessible and safer bus interchange that will change the way locals live and travel.”
“We will continue to work with the community to deliver a project will reduce congestion on Coolstore Road and bring the Lilydale Line one step closer to being level crossing free in 2025.”
Quotes attributable to the Level Crossing Removal Project Program Director Steve Brown
“We’re thrilled to be getting on with works to remove the Coolstore Road level crossing, boosting safety and easing congestion in the area.
“When completed in 2025, a brand-new station will be available for people to enjoy and new road links will connect people in the heart of Croydon’s two shopping precincts, making it easier and safer for locals to get around.”