Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Burke Road level crossing removal - contract for designs and options awarded
Works to remove the Burke Road level crossing at Glen Iris are one step closer with VicRoads awarding the contract to prepare the designs and develop options to Hyder Consulting, Minister for Roads and Public
Transport Terry Mulder said today.
Mr Mulder said the Burke Road level crossing removal forms part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Metro Level Crossing Blitz – the largest crossing removal program in Victoria’s history, which received a further
$52 million funding boost in May this year.
“This location is one of four main arterial roads in Melbourne where trams cross the railway lines, and we will make it both safer and less congested,” Mr Mulder said.
“This section of Burke Road carries approximately 25,700 vehicles, 150 trains and 95 trams every day. During peak times, trains cross the tram tracks every two to three minutes, causing the boom gates to come down for
up to 38 minutes an hour.
“Trains are currently reduced to safe speeds of 15km/h as they travel across the tram tracks, creating longer boom gate closures. This is frustrating to all commuters and can affect queuing and traffic flow on the
Member for Malvern Michael O’Brien said progressing work to remove one of the worst level crossings in the electorate will be welcome news for the local community.
“I have been working hard for the people of Malvern for this level crossing to be removed and the Coalition Government is able to progress this through our $52 million Metro Level Crossing Blitz program,” Mr O’Brien said.
Over the next six months VicRoads will be working closely with the City of Stonnington and key stakeholders to develop design options for the level crossing removal.
“Feedback from the local community is an important part of the design process to ensure the right outcome for the people of Malvern,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Residents, businesses, road and public transport users will be invited later in the year to discuss the project with VicRoads and to provide input into the project.”