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.”