Engineering, Passenger Rail

Road underpass chosen for Berwick crossing

PICS: Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Project team has settled on building a road underpass to eliminate the intersection of the Pakenham line and Clyde Road at Berwick.

The level crossing in Melbourne’s south-east sees 22,000 road vehicles every day.

The Level Crossing Removal Project team said on August 22 it will lower the road beneath the rail line to eliminate the crossing, as other designs would have taken up to a year longer to complete, and would require compulsory acquisition of private properties.

The road underpass option also means major underground services, including the Longford gas main which supplies gas to most of Melbourne, don’t have to be relocated.

Works are targeted to begin on the crossing removal in 2020, with the new intersection open by 2022. The tender process is upcoming.