Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews
Tenth Level Crossing Gone After Summer Construction Blitz
Victor P Taffa
Dangerous and congested level crossings at Blackburn and Heatherdale Road in Melbourne’s east are gone the ninth and tenth crossings removed by the Andrews Government.
“Two more of these relics of the past are now consigned to history where they belong.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
“We promised to remove 50 dangerous and congested level crossings and we are getting it done.”
Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan at the brand new Heatherdale Railway Station today, the eleventh new railway station opened by the State Government in just over two years.
Trains will return tomorrow morning after a 41-day construction blitz where 800 staff excavated 80 Olympic swimming pools-worth of soil and rock to lower the line so trains can safely run under the road for the first time.
Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads will also reopen to traffic tomorrow, free from the boom gates that held motorist’s hostage for an hour every morning peak.
“This huge project is not only removing dangerous and congested level crossings, its rebuilding stations and improving access to public transport across Melbourne.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.
$481 Million package, which also removed two level crossings in St. Albans, has also upgraded Blackburn Railway Station installing a new drainage system to reduce flooding in the underpass and improving access in and around the station.
Two new pedestrian bridges have been built at Purches Street in Mitcham and Cottage Street in Blackburn, and a third is under construction at King Street/Oliver Avenue in Blackburn, making it quicker and safer to cross the tracks.
“I thank the project team for their tireless work, and locals for their patience. This has been a huge job, but it’s now finished, the crossings are gone and our community is safer and less congested.” Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane said.
Andrews Government is not wasting a moment getting rid of Victoria’s worst level crossings 10 crossings are already gone, 10 more are under construction and another 7 removals will start this year.
While Blackburn and Heatherdale Roads will reopen on Monday morning, some night road closures will be required to complete the road works, and landscaping, car parks and other finishing works at the stations will continue until mid-year.