Victoria Minister for Roads and Public Transport Terry Mulder
Early Works Set To Start On Mitcham Crossing Removals
Victor P Taffa
The first contract to start preliminary signalling and service relocation works on the Mitcham Road and Rooks Road Rail Crossings Removal Project was announced today by Minister for Roads Terry Mulder.
Mr. Mulder said Metro Trains Melbourne, on behalf of VicRoads, will tender a design and construct contract for signalling and service relocation works as part of the project.
“This contract marks an important first step in the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to removing the rail crossings in Mitcham.” Mr. Mulder said.
“This contract will see important signalling and services work undertaken, which will pave the way for major construction to start on the crossing removals in mid-2013.”
“This Government is committed to reducing congestion and improving safety for commuters, which is why we’ve started the largest level crossing removal program in Victoria’s history.” Mr. Mulder said.
In May 2012, the Victorian Coalition Government committed $350 Million to remove the rail crossings at Mitcham and Springvale.
Mr. Mulder said an Expressions of Interest process was underway for the formation of an alliance for the major construction of the Mitcham Road and Rooks Road crossing removals.
Member for Mitcham Dee Ryall said this was great news for the community.
“This is another exciting step toward the removal of these level crossings that can be dangerous and have created so much traffic congestion in our local community.” Ms. Ryall said.
Major construction is expected to begin in mid-2013 and finish in late 2014.
When complete the project will include a new staffed premium station at Mitcham. It will improve travel times for drivers and improve safety and accessibility for rail passengers.
The removal of the level crossings at Mitcham is part of the Coalition Government’s metropolitan rail crossing blitz, which in conjunction with Regional Rail Link works, will either complete, commence or plan for the removal of 12 level crossings across Melbourne over the next few years.