Dangerous And Congested St Albans Level Crossings Gone
The dangerous and congested level crossings in St Albans are now gone for good.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman at Furlong Road today to celebrate the removal of the boom gates and the re-opening of the road overnight.
Main Road in St Albans is also now open without the deadly boom gates, but will close for 24 days next month to remove the tracks and resurface the road.
When it re-opens on 28 November, all major works on the level crossing removals will be complete, reducing congestion and improving safety for thousands of people in Melbourne’s west.
The Furlong and Main Road level crossings are two of the most dangerous in Victoria. There have been two tragic deaths, three accidents and nearly 80 recorded near misses at the crossings in the past decade. They are also among the most congested, with boom gates down between a quarter and half of the morning peak.
The Sunbury line has been closed since 4 October, allowing a massive level crossing removal blitz to ramp up.
Since then, more than hundreds of staff have worked around the clock to demolish St Albans and Ginifer stations, and excavate 47,000 cubic metres of soil and rock to lower the rail line, so trains can run safely under Main and Furlong Roads for the first time.
The new St Albans and Ginifer Stations – built as part of the level crossing removal project – will open when trains return early next month. Construction of the bus interchange, car park and other finishing work will continue into 2017.
The Labor Government is not wasting a moment removing 50 of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings. Six are now gone, with work underway at a further 13, and four more to be underway next year.
For more information about the St Albans project, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au. For up to date travel information and to plan your journey, visit roads.vic.gov.au and ptv.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“The deadly, dangerous and congested crossings on Main Road and Furlong Road in St Albans are gone forever.”
“We promised to remove these crossings and we haven’t wasted a moment. The boom gates are gone, trains will be back early next month and by the end of November, all major works will be complete – we’re getting it done.”
“We’re removing 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings across Victoria to get people home safer and sooner every day.”
Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman
“The St Albans community has fought for the removal of these dangerous crossings for decades. We have listened, acted and got rid of them once and for all.”