The level crossing on Camp Road in the north-Melbourne suburb of Campbellfield has now been removed, with works continuing over the coming weeks to construct the rail underpass that will allow trains to travel underneath the road.
With approximately 20,000 vehicles passing along it each day, Camp Road is one of the busiest east-west arterial roads in northern Melbourne. Significant traffic holdups and congestion were a regular feature at the level crossing at Campbellfield, where the road intersects with the Upfield rail line, while seven motor accidents have reportedly occurred at the boom gates over the last year.
“Today we celebrate the removal of this dangerous and congested level crossing, which will reduce congestion and ensure locals can get home safer and sooner,” state transport minister Jacinta Allan said.
“We said we would banish these boom gates to the history books – and we got it done.”
The removal process got underway in the middle of November, and the 300-strong construction team will continue to work towards completing the kilometre-long rail underpass beneath the road, as well as installing a second track on the Upfield line between Gowrie and Upfield stations and widening Camp Road.
Buses are currently replacing trains between Coburg and Upfield until the Upfield Line returns to full service on Monday 18 December.
The Camp Road level crossing is now the eleventh to have been removed across Melbourne through the state government’s Level Crossing Removal project, while another 15 removals are currently underway.
“Getting rid of this level crossing will make Campbellfield a safer, better place to live, work and travel through,” Labor’s member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire said.
“We have not wasted any time getting rid of these street-clogging death-traps, which risk lives and hold back our train system.”