Works on Main and Furlong Road Crossing Removals to Begin Within Weeks

Works  at  the  deadly  and  congested  level  crossings  on  Main  and  Furlong  Roads  in  St  Albans  will  begin  in  the  coming  weeks.

Premier  Daniel  Andrews  joined  Treasurer  Tim  Pallas  at  Blackburn  Station  today  to  confirm  that an  Alliance  including  Leighton Contractors, Aurecon and Hyder Consulting had been formally awarded the contract for level crossing removals at Blackburn Road in Blackburn, Heatherdale Road in Mitcham, and Furlong and Main roads in St Albans.

Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman, welcomed the contract award, and the announcement that works at Main Road and Furlong Road are expected to begin by October and be completed in 2017.

These  dangerous  and  congested  level  crossings  are  crippling  the  local  road  network  and  putting  lives  at  risk.  Boom  gates at these crossings are down for a significant proportion of the morning peak, holding ambulances and other emergency service vehicles hostage when minutes matter.

Removing  these  congestion  hot-­‐spots  will  reduce  road  congestion  for  the  more  than  30,000  motorists  that  use  the  Main and Furlong Road level crossings each day.

The package of works will cost $481.2 million. The Blackburn Road, Heatherdale Road and Furlong Road projects have been fully funded by the Andrews Labor Government. The removal of the Main Road level crossing is jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments with savings from the Regional Rail Link project.

Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman

“The Main and Furlong Road level crossings hold up too many cars and have claimed too many lives – they have to go and I’m pleased works to remove them will begin within weeks.”

“More  than  30,000  vehicles  are  held  hostage  by  these  congested  death  traps  every  day.  These  include  ambulances  trying desperately to get to Sunshine Hospital when minutes matter.”

“Getting  rid  of  these  crossings  will  save  lives,  reduce  congestion  and  get  people  in  St  Albans  and  elsewhere  in  Melbourne’s west home safer and sooner.”

“I’d like to thank the St Albans community, Dianne Dejanovic, St Albans Traders, Western Region MPs and Federal Member for Maribyrnong Bill Shorten for all their campaigning and advocacy in getting rid of these dangerous level crossings.”

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