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Brunt Road bridge to open a year ahead of schedule

The dangerous and congested level crossing at Brunt Road, Beaconsfield will be gone for good one year ahead of schedule, with a final construction push set to start in April.

When traffic flows over the new road bridge, the Pakenham Line will be one step closer to being level crossing-free by 2025 – improving journeys for the 8,400 drivers passing through each day and allowing for more trains after the Metro Tunnel opens in 2025.

Works will occur until late April to finish the new road bridge that will separate cars and trains for good.

To allow work to be carried out safely, Brunt Road will close between Edinburgh Drive and Pioneer Way and Rix Road from Tuesday 9 April to late April, with detours in place for drivers and pedestrians.

There will be a new footpath and shared use path across the new road bridge, providing a direct link to local schools, shops and services on either side of the rail line.

The team have recently installed 160 panels to be painted in earthy, brick tones to form the retaining walls, with 100,000 tonnes of material placed between the panels to form the new bridge.

When Brunt Road reopens in late April, road users will have a safer, more reliable way to cross the rail line, allowing works to start to close the Station Street, Officer level crossing.

Early works will start in Officer shortly after the Brunt Road bridge opens, with the level crossing to be closed for good by 2024.

Closing the Station Street, Officer level crossing will improve safety, reduce congestion, and contribute to a level crossing-free Pakenham line by 2025.