The Big Dig is set to kick off at Victoria’s Glen Huntly, bringing the suburb one step closer to a new train station and the removal of two level crossings at Neerim and Glen Huntly roads.
Crews are working hard to get the site ready, with more than 2,250 piles in place to make up the walls of the one-kilometre rail trench.
When the Big Dig commences, more than 500 workers will be on site 24/7 excavating about 65 Olympic swimming pools worth of soil, pouring more than 30,000 cubic metres of concrete, installing new tracks and signalling, and building the new station which will open in August.
Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said the project is expected to be delivered ahead of schedule. “We’re getting rid of two dangerous and congested level crossings in Glen Huntly a year ahead of schedule – it’ll save lives, ease congestion and get Victorians home sooner,” he said.
The Glen Huntly Road level crossing has one of the last remaining tram squares on the metro network – removing it will reduce congestion and make tram and train journeys more reliable and safer for pedestrians, cyclists, passengers and drivers.
From mid-July, Glen Huntly Road will be boom gate-free and a new central tram stop will replace the dangerous tram square.
More than 20,000 vehicles travel through these level crossings each weekday, where the boom gates are down for almost an hour of the morning peak. More than 3,000 people use Glen Huntly Station every weekday.
The Frankston Line will be level crossing-free by 2029 with all 27 crossings removed and 17 new stations built.
Across Melbourne, the Victorian Government is removing 110 level crossings by 2030, with 67 already gone for good.
Victoria’s Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Jacinta Allan added: “We’re powering ahead with our construction blitz, revitalising the Glen Huntly Station precinct, creating more open space, improving transport connections and making the community safer as we make the Frankston Line level crossing-free by 2029.”
While the Big Dig is underway: