By Holly McGuinness
Construction is progressing at Deer Park as the state government works to remove another dangerous railroad crossing and install a new station in the suburbs.
The new replacement station to open in 2024 will feature two accessible elevated platforms, an integrated bus interchange, improved pedestrian and cycle paths, landscaping and “modern” passenger facilities.
Commuters using the old station will now have access to a temporary 250-space parking lot to use while construction continues and the community waits for the new construction.
To move forward with the removal of the Mt Derrimut Road crossing, a new 1.2 kilometer railway bridge will be installed, replacing the old crossing to improve traffic safety in the area. It follows the removal of the Ardeer Fitzgerald Road level crossing last month.
Construction workers will begin drilling 8.3 meter holes to support the foundations of the new railway bridge over the next few months
These constructions are part of the $27 billion investment in road and rail infrastructure, as the state government’s Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan said, “The Mt Derrimut Road crossing will soon be owned by the past, motorists no longer spend their morning stuck in traffic, allowing us to spend more time with our friends and family.”