Carnegie and Murrumbeena level crossings (11.03.2014)

Written on the 12 March 2014

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- Last week the Premier and the Minister for Public Transport visited Murrumbeena and the Minister for Planning visited Carnegie following the announcement of the massive rail investment for the Cranbourne-Pakenham corridor, which will not only benefit my constituents in Oakleigh and other areas of Southern Metropolitan Region, but will also cater for the growth in Melbourne's south-east.

This project includes the removal of the level crossings at Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena, and Koornang Road, Carnegie. The Murrumbeena Road level crossing was designated as a high priority by the Victorian coalition government when it came to office in 2010. This is an issue I have raised with the Minister for Public Transport on a number of occasions. My federal colleague, the member for Higgins, Kelly O'Dwyer, has also raised it in the federal Parliament.

It is an issue I have spoken on before in this place. The residents and commuters of Murrumbeena and surrounding areas know it is an issue that was completely ignored by the former state Labor government, which had 11 years to act but did nothing. Projects such as these need careful planning and consideration, not a media moment claiming to remove 50 level crossings and pretending it would not cause utter chaos right across our city.

The Victorian government's approach is in stark contrast to the former Labor government; it is strategic and considered. Removing these two level crossings will remove the bottlenecks that occur on the local road networks, improve traffic flow and safety, and improve travel times for motorists. The project will also deliver 25 new next generation trains. It will include 21st century high-capacity signalling, and see the rebuild of both Carnegie and Murrumbeena stations, with the total project seeing a 30 per cent increase in train capacity.

As the Premier said, it will produce more services, carrying more people more often. Labor just cannot manage major projects such as this. Its record speaks for itself.

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