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St Albans Level Crossing removal ahead of schedule

Posted On October 5, 2016

Two level crossings located in St Albans that are due for removal will now be gone by the close of the year.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today revealed a heavy focus on construction projects that will start today and will see the crossings at Main and Furlong Road removed 6 months ahead of schedule.

These two crossings in particular have long been recognised as some of the most dangerous and inefficient level crossings in all of Victoria. Statistics show that the boom gates at Furlong Road are down for 35 minutes during peak hours in the morning, whilst at Main Road they are down for 65 minutes – more than half the peak.

In the past decade there have been two tragic deaths and more than 40 near misses at the Main Road level crossing. The Furlong Road crossing has also experienced collisions and countless near misses in the past 10 years.

Starting immediately, approximately 700 construction staff will work nonstop to remove the crossing, as well as redeveloping both St Albans and Ginifer Stations.

Due to these works replacement buses will run in the place of trains between Sunshine and Sunbury from 4-30 October.

Similarly, Furlong Road will be closed from 12-27 October, and Main Road will be closed from 4-28 November.

Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman spoke of the necessary and important works.

“Construction will ramp up over the coming months, with hundreds of people working around the clock lowering the rail line, rebuilding the stations and removing these dangerous and congested crossings.”

“These crossings don’t belong on our rail network or in the heart of a bustling community like St Albans. We said we would get rid of them and we are delivering on that promise.”

 

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