Two congested railway level crossings in Melbourne’s west will be removed by 2023, after a total of 18 near-misses in the last eight years.

A crossing at Fitzgerald Rd in Ardeer will become a road overpass while a nearby crossing in Robinson Rd Deer Park will become an underpass.

Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allen said construction would start next year.

“These level crossings have a concerning safety record, causing huge delays and frustration for the 53,000 commuters and freight vehicles that travel through them each day,” she said.

“Boom gates there are down for up to 45 percent of the morning peak when up to 37 trains run through the crossings.”

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Posted by Level Crossing Removal Project on Thursday, 11 June 2020
This video shows some of the near misses along the Ballarat line

The changes will clear the way for the Mount Derrimut Rd crossing to be replaced by 2025.

The level crossing removals will also complement intersection improvements and extra lanes on Palmers and Dohertys roads.

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