GETTING RID OF TWO MORE DANGEROUS LEVEL CROSSINGS

Only a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will remove two dangerous and congested level crossings in Surrey Hills and Mont Albert.

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 removals the decade prior. The Andrews 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. That’s why a re-elected Labor Government will remove 25 more, bringing the total to 75.

The Mont Albert Road and the notorious Union Road level crossing are set to go under Labor, making the Belgrave/Lilydale lines crossing-free between Ringwood and the city.

Around 22,000 vehicles currently travel through these two crossings each day, with that number set to grow to more than 26,000 by 2026.

As well as causing congestion delay, the level crossings in Surrey Hills and Mont Albert present a dangerous safety risk. There have been eight near misses and two serious collisions since 2005, including an incident in 2016 when two people tragically lost their lives at Union Road in a collision with a train.

Preliminary advice from our engineers is that the preferred design is rail under road, subject to further engineering and consultation with the local community.

The Belgrave/Lilydale line is the second busiest line in Melbourne and removing these level crossings will see faster express trains and less delays and cancellations. The removal works will also deliver two new stations at Mont Albert and Surrey Hills.

The Labor Government has already removed two level crossings on the Belgrave/Lilydale line, with work underway at another two locations. The 25 additional level crossing removals will cost $6.6 billion, made possible by Labor’s strong budget surpluses.

Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

“No government has ever removed this many level crossings this quickly – reducing congestion, improving public transport, saving lives and creating thousands of jobs along the way.”

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Box Hill Paul Hamer

“These level crossings are dangerous death traps – that cause endless frustration for local families. It’s well and truly time for them to go.”

“Only Labor can be trusted to deliver the public transport projects that will get locals home safer and sooner.”