Victoria Premier Denis Napthine
Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
Congestion Busting Level Crossing Removal One Step Closer
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Premier Denis Napthine today inspected works to remove the Springvale level crossing, with the closure of Platform 2 marking a key milestone in this important project.
Dr. Napthine said the $159 Million project would significantly ease congestion on a key arterial route in Melbourne’s South East by removing a headache for motorists forced to wait at closed boom gates.
“More than 8,000 vehicles and 80 trains travel through the rail crossing on Springvale Road during peak periods every day.” Dr. Napthine said.
“This means that drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and buses are constantly being held up for significant periods of time with the boom gates down for a total of 50 minutes between 7 am and 9 am.”
“When the new rail cutting is constructed underneath Springvale Road, traffic will be able to flow much more smoothly, which will improve travel times for the many thousands of people using this busy route.”
The Springvale level crossing removal is being delivered by an alliance of companies including McConnell Dowell, Balfour Beatty Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Beca, as well as VicRoads, Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) and Public Transport Victoria (PTV).
Since the project began in June this year, the Alliance has been undertaking works including relocating services, installing concrete pilings for retaining walls and changing turning lanes in preparation for the excavation of the new rail cutting and the installation of the bridge over Springvale Road.
This project is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s metropolitan rail crossing blitz to complete, commence or plan for the removal of 10 level crossings across Melbourne over the next few years.
In addition to Springvale Road, work is underway to remove level crossings at Mitcham Road and Rooks Road in Mitcham. Planning and preconstruction activities are also underway at North Road, Ormond; Blackburn Road, Blackburn; Main Road, St. Albans; Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road, Bayswater; Burke Road, Glen Iris and Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena.
Two level crossings on Anderson Road in Sunshine will also be removed as part of the Regional Rail Link project.
“This approach is aimed at relieving localised congestion across Melbourne, while work is undertaken on longer term congestion solutions such as the East West Link and the M80 Ring Road upgrade.” Dr. Napthine said.
Minister for Roads and Public Transport Terry Mulder said the project includes the construction of a new premium station.
“Commuters using Springvale railway station have told us they are very excited about the improvements that will transform their station into one of the most modern in the network.” Mr. Mulder said.
“We will be providing improved bus, taxi and parking facilities and there will be better access for pedestrians and cyclists.”
“Platform 2 will need to be closed while preparatory work is undertaken for the new cutting. I’d like to thank commuters in advance for their patience and understanding while we upgrade this major north to south arterial connection and improve the rail network.”
Further road closures and some interruptions to train services will occur between Friday 20 September and Sunday 29 September to allow construction of the bridge deck that will span the new rail cutting.
Buses will replace trains where necessary and detours will be in place when roads are closed.
The Premier also highlighted the support of local members of Parliament for this crucial congestion busting project.
“It is great to have Upper House member Inga Peulich and Member for Carrum Donna Bauer here today.” Dr. Napthine said.
“These members of Parliament are fierce advocates for reducing traffic congestion and making local roads safer in their communities.”
“They fought hard for this project, knowing how important these works are for reducing congestion at this well-known hot-spot.”