Works To Begin On Springvale Level Crossing Removal

Works To Begin On Springvale Level Crossing Removal

Victoria Minister for Roads and Public Transport Terry Mulder

Early Works Set To Start To Remove Springvale Crossing

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Roads and Public Transport Terry Mulder announced a major milestone today on Springvale level crossing removal with the first contract for the project being advertised.

Mr. Mulder said Metro Trains Melbourne on behalf of VicRoads will tender for preliminary works on the project to ensure the delivery of this vital rail safety project.

“The $8 Million contract for early works includes the relocation of services prior to the main works starting on the level crossing removal in mid-2013.” Mr. Mulder said.

“This first contract will pave the way for further works on the Springvale Level Crossing Removal Project and will also increase the capacity for future upgrades of the rail network.”

In May 2012, the Victorian Coalition Government committed $350 Million in funding to remove three level crossings in Springvale and Mitcham, as part of its commitment to the largest level crossing removal blitz in Victoria’s history.

“With nearly 8,000 vehicles, 1,000 pedestrians and 140 trains passing through the Springvale Road crossing in peak times each day, removing the boom gates is vital to easing traffic congestion and improving safety in and around this busy shopping and business district.” Mr. Mulder said.

“The project will improve safety for drivers, pedestrians, rail patrons and for shoppers who are delayed when the boom gates come down.”

Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region Inga Peulich welcomed the progress of the Springvale Road level crossing project.

“This project is one that I have worked passionately with the local community for funding, both while in Opposition and now in Government.” Ms. Peulich said.

“I am thrilled that it has taken the Victorian Coalition Government less than two years to plan, fund and begin this project, where previously it was left abandoned, neglected and forgotten by the former Brumby Government for more than a decade.”

“There is no doubt the Springvale Road level crossing removal will ease traffic and improve safety along one of the South-East’s busiest roads.” Ms. Peulich said.

Once completed, the project will include a new premium train station and intermodal hub which will include bus, taxi, and ‘kiss and ride’ parking, and improved bicycle and pedestrian amenities. The level crossing removal is expected to be completed by late 2014.