Public transport and road infrastructure in Monash has recently received a historic boost with the announcement of funding from the Victorian Government for the Dandenong Rail Corridor project.
This historic $2.5 billion in funding from the Victorian Coalition Government will allow for the Dandenong Rail Corridor project, which runs through Monash, to commence construction next year and be completed by 2019.
This four year infrastructure project includes;
- Replacement of signalling to deliver 21st century high-capacity signalling on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines – one of the first uses of this technology in Australia that will enable more trains to run, more often
- four level crossing removals at Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena; Koornang Road, Carnegie; Clayton Road, Clayton; and Centre Road, Clayton
- planning and preconstruction funding to remove a further five level crossings on the lines, and
- newly-rebuilt stations at Clayton, Murrumbeena and Carnegie.
The project has been well planned and developed in recent years to ensure this strategic rail upgrade can be completed in a way which minimises disruption to public transport services and road users, whilst also gaining the best value possible for Victorian taxpayers.
The project will reduce delays on roads such as Stephensons/Clayton Roads which are currently impacted by level crossings. In addition to reducing travel times for vehicles, the elimination of these level crossings will allow for more train services to be run more often. The project will cater for an additional 2 million passengers per year.
A short youtube presentation on this major rail infrastructure project can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NTlR5EzXqw