29 November 2015
The Andrews Labor Government has announced that it will fast-track the removal of four more dangerous and congested level crossings.
Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, to announce that the level crossings at Melton Highway in Sydenham, Abbotts Road in Dandenong South, Thompsons Road in Lyndhurst, and Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North will be removed.
The tender process for these level crossing removals will start in 2016, and every one will be gone by 2019.
Removing the Melton Highway crossing will slash congestion and pave the way for the expansion of the Watergardens Town Centre, which is expected to create over 1,000 construction and ongoing retail jobs.
In 2012, Abbotts Road level crossing was the site of a horrific collision that derailed a train and resulted in one tragic death.
Removing the Thompsons Road level crossing will eliminate a major congestion hot spot on this critical transport corridor in Melbourne's growing south east. It will be delivered as part of the duplication of Thompsons Road, another key election commitment.
More than 40 buses, 100 trains and 20,000 cars, trucks and bikes use Kororoit Creek Road level crossing every day. Removing it will improve traffic flow and safety, and create capacity to run more trains.
Community engagement at each site will begin in the coming weeks.