The CEO of the Level Crossing Removal Authority, Mr Kevin Devlin visited Murrumbeena recently to meet with Steve Dimopoulos, the Member for Oakleigh and inspect the site of the level crossing removal.
They were joined at the crossing by Sue Foley and Dennis Tarrant from the Murrumbeena Traders and Bendigo Community Bank and Shaun Leane MP, the Parliamentary Secretary for Transport.
In March, the Andrews Government announced the removal of 9 level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong, including Grange Road, Koornang Road, Murrumbeena Road and Poath Road.
Up to $2.4 billion was allocated in the State Budget towards the level crossing removal program. The proposed works on the Cranbourne/Pakenham line were released to the market calling for expressions of interest on 27 May.
The work on the removal of crossings on the Cranbourne/Pakenham line is due to commence next year, with a scheduled finish date of 2018. The works will also include upgraded stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Hughesdale.
Contracts for other local level crossings on the Frankston Line at North Road, McKinnon Road and Centre Road were awarded in May.
“The Premier and Transport Minister have both been to Carnegie to announce the crossing removals, funds have been provided in the budget and the contracts are out for market interest. We are on track to commence works next year,” Steve Dimopoulos said.
“It was fantastic to have the head of the Level Crossing Removal Authority come to Murrumbeena. This is one of the worst traffic spots in Melbourne. The visit of the CEO highlights our commitment to remove these crossings.”
Preliminary works on the level crossings will begin shortly, and community consultation will take place in the coming months. Major construction is expected to begin early next year.