The Andrews Labor Government is getting rid of the dangerous and congested level crossing on Grange Road in Alphington, and work starts next year.
Member for Northcote Fiona Richardson revealed today that the crossing will be removed by lowering the Hutstbridge line so it runs under Grange Road, safely separating trains from traffic.
The announcement follows detailed planning, engineering and design work by technical experts, and extensive consultation with local residents and businesses.
The Grange Road level crossing is one of Melbourne’s worst, with boom gates down for a third of the morning peak, causing frustration, distress and delay.
The project is part of the Government’s transformation of the Hurstbridge line, which will remove the dangerous Lower Plenty Road level crossing, rebuild Rosanna Station and duplicate the line from Heidelberg to Rosanna.
Construction on the Hurstbridge line upgrade will begin next year and be complete by 2019, creating space for more frequent reliable services on the Hurstbridge line through Alphington.
The Labor Government is also building a second Chandler Highway bridge to relieve pressure on one of Victoria’s most congested traffic chokepoints.
For more information about the Grange Road level crossing removal and to see the latest designs, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/crossings/grange-road-alphington.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northcote Fiona Richardson MP
“The Grange Road level crossing clogs streets, holds back our train system and puts lives at risk – and we’re getting rid of it forever.”
“Next year work will start to lower the line so trains can safely run under Grange Road, reducing congestion, frustration and delay for thousands of motorists.”
“It’s part of our transformation of the Hurstbridge line to run more frequent, reliable trains and get people home safer and sooner.”