Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
Andrews Government Removes 8th Level Crossing In 2 Years
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government has removed 8 level crossings in just 2 years more than were removed in the entire decade prior to it coming to office.
“We’ve removed more level crossings this year than in the entire decade before we came to office.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.
“We said we would remove these dangerous and congested crossings and that’s what we’re doing keeping our promises, putting people first and getting on with it.”
Mountain Highway in Bayswater re-opened yesterday, without the boom gates that frustrated motorists and put lives at risk every single day.
Removal of the level crossing means major work is now complete in Bayswater, with trains running safely under Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road and into the brand new Bayswater Railway Station which opened earlier this month.
After Christmas, construction crews will turn their attention to the removal of the dangerous and congested Blackburn Road and Heatherdale Road level crossings in Melbourne’s east.
From 27 December 2016 to 5 February 2017, buses will replace trains between Box Hill and Ringwood railway stations while construction crews lower the rail line, upgrade Blackburn Railway Station and build a new Heatherdale Railway Station.
When this work is complete, 4 dangerous crossings on the Belgrave/Lilydale line will be gone and the upgraded stations will be open. Finishing works including car parks and landscaping will continue throughout 2017.
On top of the 8 now removed, construction is already underway on 12 other level crossing removals, with 6 more to start next year. By the end of 2018, 37 level crossing removals will be either finished or underway.
“I’d like to thank the local community for their support and patience over the past few months while we make Bayswater a better place to live, work and visit.” Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane said.
“By the end of summer 10 level crossings will be gone, including 4 on the Belgrave/Lilydale line, helping people get home safer and sooner to their loved ones.”
Work on the Bayswater railway station car park, bus interchange, and walking and cycling path between Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road will be completed in the New Year.