Melbourne, VIC: RACV names most congested crossings

21 Jul

The Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) has unveiled its latest traffic congestion list of shame naming the level crossing in Reservoir, greater Melbourne at the intersection of High Street, Spring Street and Cheddar Road as the third most congested red spot. The level crossing on Burke Road, Glen Iris is in fourth place with Toorak Road, Kooying in ninth spot and the Murrumbeena crossing at number ten.

The State Government has pledged to address the risk arising at level crossings with a number of grade separation projects. However, these are rarely easy given the built-up area within which many of Greater Melbourne’s level crossings are to be found and are often achieved by lowering the railway to allow the street level connectivity to be maintained. The cost of these schemes means that progress is slow despite the RACV maintaining that traffic congestion is costing the Melbourne economy AUD3.0 billion each year, a figure expected to double by 2020.

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