The Government of Victoria in Australia is ready to begin major works on a new $1.6bn ($1.1bn) Caulfield-to-Dandenong rail project in August this year.
The project aims to remove level crossings between Dandenong and the city.
Preparations are also set to commence for the installatrion of two 230t gantry cranes near Murrumbeena Station, which will aid installment of the 2,500 locally-manufactured line segments.
Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said: "These are Melbourne’s worst level crossings. They’re dangerous, congested, and they stop us running more trains on our busiest line.
"We’re getting rid of every level crossing by building modern elevated rail, which means less disruption, five new stations, and new community space; we’re getting it done."
The new line will eliminate nine of Victoria’s level crossings and minimise road congestion. The project will also see the installation of new power and signalling, as well as the extension of 30 platforms along the Cranbourne-Pakenham line to adapt them for 65 new high-capacity trains.
Expected to be in use by 2018, the project will also see an increase in the number of commuter car parks along the line.
Victoria’s minister for public transport Jacinta Allan said: "This massive construction effort will create more than 2,000 jobs building a better line to carry more trains without clogging up our roads."
"There will be impact on car parking while we build the new stations but every space will be off-set nearby, and ultimately the project will create more parking for passengers, as well as new open space for the community."
Image: Works to begin on new Caulfield to Dandenong rail line project. Photo: © Level Crossing Removal Authority.