Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Gardiner Station the next stop for Metro Level Crossing Blitz
Treasurer Michael O’Brien and Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder today announced funding for early works towards the removal of the Burke Road Glen Iris level crossing as part of a $52.3 million Metro Level Crossing Blitz funding boost.
Mr O’Brien said today’s announcement showed the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to tackling congestion hotspots at level crossings around Melbourne.
“The Coalition Government is delivering the largest level crossing removal program in our state’s history, with a total of $418.6 million now committed.
“Today we are boosting the Metro Level Crossing Blitz program with another $52.3 million in funding to kick start planning and works at another seven locations, including Gardiner Station, Burke Road Glen Iris,” Mr O’Brien said.
This section of Burke Road carries approximately 25,700 vehicles, 150 trains and 95 trams every day. During peak times trains cross every two to four minutes, causing the boom gates to come down for up to 38 minutes an hour.
“For years as Member for Malvern I have been advocating on behalf of the local community for work to commence on progressing the grade separation of this railway level crossing. I am delighted that this work will now be funded by the Coalition Government.
“Removing this level crossing will improve traffic flow for motorists and enable an increase in train services to better meet the needs of the local community,” Mr O’Brien said.
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the additional $52.3 million announced today also included funding for further investigations, planning and pre-construction activities at:
· North Road, Ormond;
· Blackburn Road, Blackburn;
· Main Road, St Albans;
· Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road, Bayswater; and
· Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena.
“The boost is in addition to the $16.5 million already provided for early investigations and community consultation at these sites,” Mr Mulder said.
VicRoads will continue to undertake work on these projects. More information and community updates are available at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au