Today Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and I joined hundreds of commuters to take one of the first rides on the elevated rail at Noble Park.

More than 275 trains, including Metro, V/Line and freight services, will run along the new elevated tracks each day. The first pulled in at Noble Park at 5.23am this morning.

The impressive new Noble Park station sits at the centre of a 1.5 kilometre stretch of raised track that is now taking trains over Corrigan, Heatherton and Chandler roads – and three sets of boom gates are gone forever. They are first three of nine level crossings that will be removed this year between Caulfield and Dandenong.

The locals I chatted to this morning think their new station looks awesome, feels safer and is a long overdue investment in our community.