Removing 75 level crossings
A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will remove an additional 25 level crossings by 2025.
Every Victorian has their own story of level crossing frustration, whether you’re in the car, on the train, on a bike or on foot. For many, they’re more than a frustration – they’re the scene of a serious injury or, tragically, the place where a loved one was lost forever.
Before being elected, we promised to remove 20 crossings by 2018, despite only 10 being removed in the decade prior. The Labor Government has now consigned 29 level crossings to the history books, with 50 set to go ahead of 2022.
Because of our fast progress, we can now look to remove more of the dozens of level crossings that are slowing down our state and putting lives at risk – bringing Labor’s total crossing removals to 75.
The extra 25 priority sites across Melbourne were chosen based on congestion, construction adjacency, local access, and safety. Only Labor will remove them all.
Fourteen level crossing removal locations have been announced, with 11 more to be announced in coming weeks. The 25 additional sites will cost $6.6 billion, made possible by Labor’s strong budget surpluses.
Extra level crossings to be removed under Labor include:
Union Rd, Surrey Hills
Mont Albert Rd, Mont Albert
Old Geelong Rd, Hoppers Crossing
McGregor Rd, Pakenham
Racecourse Rd, Pakenham
Main St, Pakenham
Cardinia Rd, Pakenham
Webster St, Dandenong
Greens Rd, Dandenong South
Evans Rd, Lyndhurst
Camms Rd, Cranbourne
Munro St, Coburg
Reynard St, Coburg
Glen Huntly Rd, Glen Huntly
Neerim Rd, Glen Huntly
Chelsea Rd, Chelsea
Argyle Ave, Chelsea
Swanpool Ave, Chelsea
Gap Rd/Station St, Sunbury
Cramer St, Preston
Murray Rd, Preston
Oakover Rd, Preston
State Labor's pledge to extend the level crossing removal program from 50 to 75 by 2025, making more sections of lines crossing-free, is to be applauded. And it makes a lot of sense to duplicate the Cranbourne line at the same time. https://t.co/envNZu7w2t #VicVotes2018— PTUA (@ptua) November 5, 2018
The Mont Albert Road and Union Road level crossings are dangerous and stop us running more trains.— Jacinta Allan (@JacintaAllanMP) October 23, 2018
That's why Labor will remove them for good.
Getting rid of these death traps will make the Belgrave/Lilydale lines crossing-free between Ringwood and the city. pic.twitter.com/UN8z5LHfYa