Melbourne, VIC: Demolition presages level crossing elimination

27 Jul

The start of the level crossing elimination programme promised by Labor in the run-up to last year’s state election has begun. This is manifest in the weekend closure of the railway through Gardiner, Glen Iris, in Melbourne’s commuter belt, to allow partial demolition of Gardiner station and the planned lowering of the railway to pass under the heavily used Burke Road where there is at present a level crossing.

 Victoria’s Acting Public Transport Minister, Luke Donnellan, has said the weekend closure of the railway was the start of a project that will remove 50 dangerous level crossings over eight years, assuming that the party wining the next election in 2018 maintains the level crossing elimination programme promised by Labor.
There is broad support for level crossing elimination in the Greater Melbourne region as many of the crossings to be eliminated are the source of growing road traffic congestion as the railway system is used more intensively. However, for many, the level crossings need to removed to address the risk arising at the road-rail interface.

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