Glenroy’s ‘Big Dig’ approaches halfway point
The Victorian Government has completed over 40 per cent of Glenroy’s ‘big dig’, the new rail trench being dug to remove the level crossing by lowering the Craigieburn line underneath Glenroy Road.
Around 19,000 vehicles pass through the level crossing each day, with the boom gates down for up to 43 per cent of the morning peak.
So far, 25,000 cubic metres (or around ten Olympic sized swimming pools) worth of rock and soil has been removed from alongside the rail line.
The construction team are in the final days of a two-week sprint, with crews working an extra two Sunday shifts as part of additional weekend works throughout July. There will be extra excavators, trucks and specialist machinery moving throughout the area.
As well as removing the level crossing, the project will also deliver a brand-new Glenroy Station and station precinct including improved local connections, dedicated shared use and pedestrian paths and new landscaping.
Recently, several massive beams each weighing up to 37 tonnes have been trucked into site as work on the foundations for the new Glenroy Station building ramp up.
When the station concourse and building are completed, the project will connect two sides of Glenroy, previously separated by the rail line. Pedestrians will be able to walk from Dowd Place on the western side of the rail line across to Hartington Street in the east, without being held up by boom gates or traffic lights.
The level crossing removal and new station are expected to be complete by the end of 2022.