Tag Archives: Melbourne

Melbourne, Victoria: Another sep forward with AUD 395 million project

8 Feb

The design for a rail-over-road bridge within the AUD 395 million project which will also deliver doubling  of the railway along the Hurstbridge Line corridor and reconstruction of the Rosanna station reconstruction has been finalised. The elimination of the Grange Road level crossing in Alphington is also included within this project

The new rail-over-road bridge will eliminate the Lower Plenty Road level crossing in Rosanna which has long antagonised road users with the traffic congestion attributable to the level crossing at which the barriers can be down 43 minutes in the hour at peak times..

The project is scheduled for completion in 2019

Victoria: Crossing closure extra costs could be AUD 1.0 billion

21 Sep

Having successfully leased the Port of Melbourne to the private sector for AUD 9.7 billion, the State of Victoria has now put a further eleven Melbourne conurbation level crossing closure projects out to tender.

The State Government is intent on having 37 level crossing elimination projects underway or completed in advance of the 2018 state elections. However, the state’s Public Transport Minister has warned that eliminating 50 level crossings in the Melbourne metropolitan region may now cost between AUD 6.0-7.0 billion, this is up to AUD 1.0 billion than previously anticipated. subsequent “clarification” has said that the level crossing elimination budget remains between AUD 5.0-6.0 billion with the balance to be charged to the budget for station reconstruction and other consequential rail network improvements

However, the money coming from the Federal Government’s asset recycling scheme bonus payment of 15% of the sum raised from the lease of the Port of Melbourne has been halved to AUD 877.5 million because the state government-federal government bilateral agreement was not concluded before June 30th, 2016. A state cry of foul appears justified.

The incoming 2014 labor administration pledged to eliminate 50 greater Melbourne urban level crossings within two four-year parliamentary terms with 20 to be gone by 2018.

 

Melbourne: Next grade-separation visibly moving ahead

10 May

Evidence that the project to eliminate the Blackburn Road level crossing in  Blackburn, near Melbourne is moving ahead is now very much in evidence. While the excavation of the nine-metre deep cutting that will allow Blackburn Road to cross the railway at the current street level is still more than seven-months away, piling rigs will soon be on site.With more than 1,000 concrete piles to be constructed, some up to 15 metres deep,this is a major step along the way to grade separation.

Melbourne, ONT: Two killed in active open crossing collision

5 Apr

two women were killed when the car in which they were travelling was hit by a passenger train on an active open level crossing near Melbourne, Ontario. The collision occurred at about 10.30am on April 4th, 2016. The train was able to depart with passengers still on-board some five hours later. It is understood that there was an earlier fatal accident on this (Melbourne Road) level crossing.

Melbourne, VIC: New Gardiner grade-separation open for business

10 Feb

Elimination of the Burke Road level crossing in Gardiner by way of a grade separation has been completed as a component of the State Government programme to eliminate 50 level crossings  in Greater Melbourne, within two parliamentary terms (i.e. by late 2022), is complete.

The solution was to lower the railway and build a new railway station with easy interchange with the tram system. Indeed, one of the beneficiaries of the project is the team system which like motorists was afflicted by the train service requiring the barriers closed to road traffic for as much as 40 minutes in the hour.

 

This project forms part of a package which also includes removing crossings at Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh stations at a cost of AUD524 million.

So far construction is underway at seven level crossings, with the state government expecting work on 30 of the 50 crossings to be underway or completed by the end of this parliamentary term in 2018.

Melbourne, VIC: Glen Huntly traders push for crossing removal

16 Nov

The latest push to change the make-up of the Victoria Government’s programme to remove fifty level crossings in the Melbourne region is from the Glen Huntly Traders Association. They are arguing that the Glen Huntly Road level crossing, which divides the community’s shopping district, should be eliminated ahead of other less risky crossings that have made the removal programme.

There are clearly undercurrents that the Labor administration’s list of crossings to be eliminated is politically rather than risk-led. Indeed, this political drive is evident in statements that the make-up of the crossing removal programme will not change as delivery of the programme cited in the run-up to the 2014 state elections will be addressed by 2022 in order to deliver election promises.

Given the risks associated with a number of crossings exceeding those associated with crossings within the programme, maybe the objective should be to get them added to the programme without attempting to substitute these projects for others included in the current 50 crossings programme. However, there are questions of funding that are insurmountable meaning that it will be the 2018 election campaign that may see commitments to extend the elimination programme from 2022 to 2026.

Melbourne, VIC: New trains linked to increased crossing closure times

22 Sep

New trains on Melbourne’s Frankston line are cited as the reason for an increase in the time between the initiation of the crossing closure sequence and the arrival of the train. The new Experian trains are faster resulting in closure time extensions of between one and 15 seconds at most level crossings on the Frankston line. This has attracted media interest on the impact of these changes on pedestrian and vehicular traffic against the background of the disruption arising as a result of the committed and planned implementation of 11 level crossing elimination projects along the Frankston line rail corridor.