Victoria Minister for Public Transport and Roads Terry Mulder
Bidders Shortlisted For Mitcham And Springvale Level Crossing Removal Projects
Victor P Taffa
Works to remove two level crossings at Mitcham Road and Rooks Road in Mitcham and a third on Springvale Road in Springvale are on track to start next year, with VicRoads short listing potential construction and design partners for both projects.
Minister for Public Transport and Roads Terry Mulder welcomed this next step to bring the boom gates down for the last time in 2014.
Mr. Mulder said removing the level crossings would improve safety and ease traffic congestion for people living, working and travelling through Mitcham and Springvale.
“Eliminating these level crossings and the road congestion they cause is a key commitment by the Victorian Coalition Government. I am pleased that we are delivering on our promise to complete, start, or plan for the removal of twelve level crossings around Melbourne in our first term.” Mr. Mulder said.
“Removing the level crossings will deliver long-term improvements to public transport and road network efficiency, providing a much needed boost to the local economies.”
“This is an exciting step forward for all who have been frustrated by the congestion and the huge amount of time that the boom gates are down, particularly during the peak hours.”
“Local commuters will see increased safety and comfort at both stations, as well as better travel times for motorists who use the surrounding roads.”
The works at both locations will be planned and managed by an alliance involving VicRoads, PTV, Metro Trains Melbourne and a joint venture between a civil construction company and a design company.
Two joint ventures for each project have been shortlisted and VicRoads will now work with them through a competitive process to determine who is best equipped to construct the project, with works to start by mid 2013, and be completed by late 2014.
For the Springvale Road crossing, Leighton and McConnell Dowell have been shortlisted to continue through the next stage and for Mitcham Road and Rooks Road, Baulderstone and John Holland have been shortlisted.
More than 25,000 vehicles and 230 trains pass through the Springvale Road level crossing each day, with the boom gates down for more than 40 % of the morning peak.
Member for Mitcham Dee Ryall said at Mitcham around 16,000 vehicles and 200 train services pass through the crossing daily.
“Getting rid of the Mitcham Road and Rooks Road crossings will reduce congestion and delays, improve safety and give an immediate boost to our local economy.” Ms. Ryall said.
Funding of $350 Million was allocated to remove the level crossings at Springvale Road, Springvale and Mitcham Road and Rooks Road, Mitcham.
Planning is also underway to eliminate crossings at Scoresby Road and Mountain Highway, Bayswater, Blackburn Road, Blackburn, Main Road, St. Albans, Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena, Burke Road, Glen Iris and North Road, Ormond.