Level Crossings (11.2.2015) Reply (5.5.2015)
Written on the 5 May 2015
Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, the Honourable Luke Donnellan.
I note that a media release issued on Friday, 12 December 2014, by the Premier and the member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos, who was with the Premier at the time, states:
The Victorian government has written to the East West Connect partnership, instructing them to immediately suspend works on the eastwest link and delivering on Labor's election commitment to prioritise removing level crossings.
I think we know where all that is going. It seems to be a shambles, and the Premier has a complete inability to manage the situation. The media release goes on to state that Labor will:
"get to work on our priorities, removing the following 50 level crossings and names the level crossings."
In the list are a number that affect the constituents of the Southern Metropolitan Region, which I represent along with Mr Davis, who is in the chamber, and Ms Fitzherbert. They are, in priority order:
8, Burke Road, Glen Iris;
10, Centre Road, Bentleigh;
24, Grange Road, Carnegie;
29, Koornang Road, Carnegie;
35, McKinnon Road, McKinnon;
39, Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena;
40, North Road, Ormond;
41, Poath Road, Hughesdale; and
49, Toorak Road, Kooyong
On the VicRoads website today I noticed there are a number of Melbourne road projects.
At Bayswater a level crossing is planned; at Blackburn a level crossing is planned; at Glen Iris a level crossing is planned; at Mitcham a level crossing is complete; at Ormond a level crossing is planned; at Springvale a level crossing is complete; and at St Albans a level crossing is planned all conducted under the former government.
I note that the North Road, Ormond, and Glen Iris level crossings are planned.
In other media releases the minister has referred to Centre Road, Bentleigh, being upgraded along the Frankston line. The action I seek from the minister is to indicate when the upgrades of the level crossings I have mentioned in tonight's adjournment debate will actually commence.
Written Adjournment Responses
Previous DocumentRaisedNext Document with: Minister for Roads and Road SafetyRaised by: Ms Crozier
Raised on: 11 February 2015REPLY:
I am informed that, as at the date the question was raised:The Government has committed to remove 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings on the metropolitan rail network over eight years. Twenty of these level crossings will be removed in the first four years.
Removing level crossings will improve safety, reduce congestion on the roads and provide an opportunity to increase train capacity.Tender proposals to remove four level crossings at Main Road, St Albans, Blackburn Road, Blackburn, Burke Road, Glen Iris and North Road, Ormond, have been received and are being evaluated. These four project sites are being procured in two contract packages.
Work is expected to start on-site in 2015 at Burke Road and Main Road, and in 2016 at North Road and Blackburn Road. All work at both sites is expected to be complete by mid 2017.The removal of level crossings at Koornang Road, Carnegie and Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena, is being considered as part of an unsolicited bid to Government by the Rail Transformation Consortium. This unsolicited bid is currently being assessed and the timing for the commencement of works at these crossings will be determined as part of the assessment.
One hundred million dollars has been announced to establish a dedicated level crossing removal authority and for planning work for the level crossing removal program.The timing for the removal of level crossings at Centre Road, Bentleigh, Grange Road, Carnegie, McKinnon Road, McKinnon, Poath Road, Hughesdale, and Toorak Road, Kooyong, will be considered as part of this planning work.
The Government will ensure effective consultation with local communities, local councils and other key stakeholders in the process of developing proposals and construction for the removal of all level crossings.