St Albans Level Crossing Summer Construction Blitz
The Andrews Labor Government is taking advantage of the quieter summer months to ramp up works on two of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne’s west.
Acting Premier James Merlino visited St Albans today to inspect works at the Main Road level crossing removal – one of 50 being removed by the Labor Government – and rebuilt St Albans station.
Main Road level crossing is a major traffic choke point in area with boom gates are down for up to 65 minutes between 7:00am and 9:00am – more than half the morning peak.
This causes delay, distress and frustration for the thousands of motorists, passengers and local residents that use the crossing every day. Tragically it also puts lives at risk, with two deaths and 60 recorded near misses at the Main Road crossing in the past decade.
Since the start of January, Main Road has been closed while a bridge deck is laid to the west of the existing level crossing.
When the road re-opens on 22 January, the deck will allow traffic to flow on Main Road as normal, while the construction team dig out the train tunnel underneath.
Work at the nearby Furlong Road level crossing has also ramped up over summer, with the demolition of the existing station well underway.
Ginifer Station, like St Albans Station, will be completely rebuilt as part of the level crossing removal, with platforms below street level to meet the trains that will run underneath Furlong and Main Roads.
The $222.9 million removal of Main Road level crossing is jointly funded by the Victorian and Australian Governments, using savings from the Regional Rail Link project.
For more information on Main Road, Furlong Road and other dangerous and congested level crossings the Labor Government is removing across Melbourne, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Acting Premier, James Merlino
“We’re taking advantage of the quieter summer months to get major works done at Main Road, Furlong Road and six other crossings around Melbourne. We’re not wasting a moment in getting rid of them all.”
“There will be some temporary disruption while these works occur, but it’s nothing compared to the distress, danger and frustration these crossings cause every single day.”
Quote attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman
“These level crossings clog local roads and put lives in our community at risk every single day. I’m proud to be part of the Andrews Labor Government, who is getting rid of them once and for all.”
“I urge everyone to continue being careful around the worksites, to ensure they keep themselves and the workers safe.”