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The Main Road and Furlong Road Level Crossings Are Gone!

The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first and removing dangerous level crossings across Melbourne, including at Main Road in St Albans where 16 people have tragically lost their lives. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined local Member Natalie Suleyman and local resident Dianne Dejanovic on Monday 28 November to mark the reopening of Main Road without boom gates for the first time. Ms Dejanovic’s son Christian was killed at Main Road level crossing in 2012. A memorial will be installed in the forecourt of the new St Albans Station to honour his life, and the lives of others killed at level crossings in Victoria. Main Road level crossing was Victoria’s most dangerous. There have been two deaths and more than 60 near misses at the crossing in the past decade alone – more than any other, anywhere else in the state. It was also one of the most congested crossings in Victoria – the boom gates were down for more than an hour in the two-hour morning peak, causing delays and frustration for motorists, cyclists and the entire community. The project to remove the level crossings at both Main and Furlong Roads in St Albans involved 600 staff working over 176,000 hours to excavate 18 Olympic swimming pools-worth of soil and rock to lower the rail line. The Labor Government has now removed seven level crossings in less than two years – more than were removed in the entire decade before they came to office. Work is underway at a further 13, and four more will begin next year. By the end of 2018, 37 level crossing removals will be finished or underway. On top of reducing congestion, increasing safety and improving public transport, the level crossing removal project is creating thousands of local jobs. For more information, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews  “There have been too many deaths, too much trauma and too many families torn apart by level crossings. We’re putting people first and removing these crossings for good.”  “The memorial will recognise the price the Dejanovic family and countless others have paid, and serve as a reminder of why getting rid of these crossings is so important, and why we haven’t got a moment to waste.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “This vital project is saving lives and getting people home safer and sooner to their families. It’s an investment in people, and we’re getting it done.”  Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “St Albans will never be the same – two dangerous level crossings are gone and the lives they claimed will forever be remembered at the new station. This is what it means to put people first.”

The Main Road and Furlong Road Level Crossings Are Gone!

The Andrews Labor Government is putting people first and removing dangerous level crossings across Melbourne, including at Main Road in St Albans where 16 people have tragically lost their lives. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined local Member Natalie Suleyman and local resident Dianne Dejanovic on Monday 28 November to mark the reopening of Main Road without boom gates for the first time. Ms Dejanovic’s son Christian was killed at Main Road level crossing in 2012. A memorial will be installed in the forecourt of the new St Albans Station to honour his life, and the lives of others killed at level crossings in Victoria. Main Road level crossing was Victoria’s most dangerous. There have been two deaths and more than 60 near misses at the crossing in the past decade alone – more than any other, anywhere else in the state. It was also one of the most congested crossings in Victoria – the boom gates were down for more than an hour in the two-hour morning peak, causing delays and frustration for motorists, cyclists and the entire community. The project to remove the level crossings at both Main and Furlong Roads in St Albans involved 600 staff working over 176,000 hours to excavate 18 Olympic swimming pools-worth of soil and rock to lower the rail line. The Labor Government has now removed seven level crossings in less than two years – more than were removed in the entire decade before they came to office. Work is underway at a further 13, and four more will begin next year. By the end of 2018, 37 level crossing removals will be finished or underway. On top of reducing congestion, increasing safety and improving public transport, the level crossing removal project is creating thousands of local jobs. For more information, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews  “There have been too many deaths, too much trauma and too many families torn apart by level crossings. We’re putting people first and removing these crossings for good.”  “The memorial will recognise the price the Dejanovic family and countless others have paid, and serve as a reminder of why getting rid of these crossings is so important, and why we haven’t got a moment to waste.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “This vital project is saving lives and getting people home safer and sooner to their families. It’s an investment in people, and we’re getting it done.”  Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman “St Albans will never be the same – two dangerous level crossings are gone and the lives they claimed will forever be remembered at the new station. This is what it means to put people first.”

New Ginifer Station Installed at Furlong Road

Major construction to remove the dangerous and congested level crossing at Furlong Road is one step closer to completion.

New St Albans Station Installed at Main Road

The new St Albans station is on site in Melbourne’s west after being constructed more than 50 kilometres away in Kilsyth.

Major Construction at Furlong Road Continues

Major construction to remove the dangerous and congested level crossing at Furlong Road is now underway.

New Ginifer and St Albans Stations Being Built Offsite

New buildings for Ginifer and St Albans stations are almost complete after an innovative planning and construction process at an offsite factory.

New Joan Kirner Hospital One Step Closer

The new $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital is one step closer to completion, with the appointment of a managing contractor to build...

New Joan Kirner Hospital One Step Closer

The new $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital is one step closer to completion, with the appointment of a managing contractor to build...

Works at Main Road Continue over the Summer

Throughout January over 40 truckloads of concrete was poured for the new Main Road Bridge, which is about 258 cubic metres.

Major Works at Furlong Road are Underway

Major construction to remove the dangerous and congested level crossing at Furlong Road is now underway.

Work to Remove Main Road Level Crossing Has Ramped Up

Work on the removal of the dangerous and congested level crossing at Main Road in St Albans has ramped up, with demolition of the existing...

More Than $2.6 Million Additional Funding For St Albans Schools

The Andrews Labor Government announced today that schools in the Electorate of St Albans will receive more than $2.6 million of extra funding in 2016.

Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital Tendering Process Begins

The Andrews Labor Government are delivering on its commitment to build the new $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital in the heart of...

Getting On With Removing Main Road and Furlong Road Level Crossings

St Albans and Ginifer stations will have its rail lowered below the road and re-built with platforms below street level, significantly reducing congestion above ground...

Furlong and Main Roads Level Crossings to be Removed Together

The Victorian Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the projects our state needs to get people home safer and sooner using public transport. Planning...

We Will Build Western Women's and Children's Hospital

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $200 million into the building of the Western Women's and Children's Hospital on Furlong Road in St Albans, as...

Furlong Road Level Crossing Consultation Begins

VicRoads has started consultation at various sites, including Furlong Road St Albans, to provide information to Government to prioritise funding and construction of the remaining...

Main Road Level Crossing Removal Has Begun

I'm excited to report that works have begun to remove the Main Road level crossing in St Albans.

Labor Will Build Women’s and Children’s Hospital

An Andrews Labor Government will build the Western Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Sunshine.