Level Crossing Removals Creating Thousands Of Jobs

The Andrews Labor Government’s work to remove 50 dangerous and congested level crossings is reducing congestion and making communities safer – and it has already created thousands of new jobs.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today inspected construction of the new St Albans and Ginifer Stations being built as part of the Main and Furlong Road level crossing removals.

More than 2,000 staff have been involved in the package of works that is removing the deadly and congested level crossings in St Albans, and up to 100 people will be employed to build the new stations.

The stations are being built inside a huge factory on the other side of Melbourne in Kilsyth, using state-of-the-art 3D modelling. When complete, they will be transported across Melbourne in segments and assembled on site.

The ‘digital build’ improves the design and construction of the stations, allowing any issues to be resolved in a controlled environment inside the factory, rather than at the last-minute on site.

Prebuilding the stations inside boosts efficiency by enabling multiple works to occur at the same time, meaning the stations will be installed and open to passengers sooner.  It also improves the quality and safety of the construction process, by removing variables like weather conditions and space-constraints on site.

More than 6,000 workers have been inducted at the 19 level crossings removed or being built, including nearly 3,000 workers on the Burke, Centre, McKinnon and North Road projects where the boom gates are now gone.

The Labor Government’s major projects skills guarantee also means the project is also giving young workers and those looking to re-skill, the experience and opportunities they need for the job they want.

The Guarantee mandates that at least 10 per cent of the work carried out on Victoria’s major projects must be undertaken by apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets.

Both stations are expected to be transported to St Albans next month. The project will be complete by mid-2017.

For more information how the Labor Government’s assault on level crossings is creating jobs, reducing congestion, improving safety, building a better public transport system, visit www.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan

“Removing level crossings isn’t just good for our roads and public transport system – it’s creating thousands of jobs across Victoria.”

“The state-of-the-art construction of these new stations means they will be finished sooner and safer, and ready for the thousands of passengers that will use them every day.”

 “In 18 months we’ve removed four level crossings and work is underway at a further 15. We’re not wasting a moment because these death traps clog streets and risk lives every single day.”

“Victoria needs more jobs, less congestion, better public transport and safer streets – that’s why we’re removing 50 of our worst level crossings. We’re getting it done.”

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