The Victorian Government has promised to keep removing the state’s most dangerous and congested level crossings if re-elected, with another 25 set to be removed by 2025.
The Victorian Government has now consigned 29 level crossings, with 50 set to go ahead of 2022.
These crossings have been selected through a rigorous analysis by experts at the Level Crossing Removal Authority and Transport for Victoria.
The criteria for removal has identified the next 25 priority sites across Melbourne based on congestion, construction adjacency, local access and safety.
One level crossing will be gone in Mont Albert and another in Surrey Hills, including Mont Albert Road and Union Road, making the Belgrave/Lilydale lines crossing-free between Ringwood and the City.
Five additional crossings on the Frankston line – in addition to the eleven completed or underway – will be removed, including the congested crossings at Glenhuntly and Neerim Road in Glenhuntly, and three crossings in Chelsea – removed by lowering the rail under the road.
On the Upfield line, an extra two level crossings will be removed, at Munro Street and Reynard Street, and Moreland Rd in Coburg. The Mernda line will see three additional crossings removed in addition to Bell Street in Preston. Both lines will have the rail line elevated, with the community gaining new open space and stations.
Labor has also pledged to permanently remove the Sunbury town centre crossing, as well as the crossing at Old Geelong Road in Hoppers Crossing.
Eleven more crossings set for removal under Labor will be announced in early November, with the 25 additional sites to cost $6.6 billion.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said the works have been “reducing congestion [and] improving public transport”.
“We’ve removed 29 level crossings, added hundreds of extra services and we’re building the Metro Tunnel,” Ms Allan said.