Victoria, Rail industry news (Australia, New Zealand), Level Crossing Removal, Industry Infrastructure

Trains return to the Mernda Line

Trains have returned to the Mernda Line and are now running on 2 rail bridges over Keon Parade, following seven days of 24/7 works on the rail line.

As buses replaced trains on sections of the Mernda Line, construction crews finished work on the concrete bridge structure, removed the old rail tracks and boom gates and continued work on the new Keon Park Station platform.

The team also connected the new section of track to the existing Mernda Line at either end, and installed lift shafts at the station.

The Keon Parade level crossing removal team would like to thank everyone for their patience over the past week. To support local traders, commuters on replacement buses were offered tasty treats like muffins, donuts and brownies from local Keon Parade suppliers, including All Heart Cafe, Johnson Street Cafe and Bean & Gone drive through coffee.

Over the past week, hungry workers on site munched their way through more than 200 burgers from Harding Burgers and Bam Bams, 75 curries from Curry Capers and 75 fish and chip lunch packs from Rocky and Paula’s Fish and Chips on Johnson Street, Reservoir.

Work will now continue on the road surface at Keon Parade as crews remove rail infrastructure, resurface the road and complete line marking. The road will re-open to traffic, level crossing free on Monday 20 May.

Please allow extra time when travelling through the area, and plan your journey.

The brand-new Keon Park Station will open to passengers in late June providing better access and improved connections to local neighbourhoods, buses, shops and cafés.