The removal of the Ormond Railway Station Level Crossing on North Road has been fully funded as part of the part of a $457 million level crossing blitz set to create 1000 jobs, David Southwick MP, Treasurer Michael O’Brien and Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder announced today.
The Victorian Coalition Government will fully fund level crossing removals at Burke Road in Glen Iris, Blackburn Road in Blackburn and North Road in Ormond in the 2014-15 Victorian Budget.
“The removal of the North Road level crossing is a massive win for Caulfield locals, in addition to the removal of level crossings at Carnegie and Murrumbeena” Member for Caulfield, David Southwick said.
“More than 41,200 vehicles travel along North Road each day, including 180 bus services,” Mr Mulder said.
“The level crossing holds up drivers, commuters, pedestrians and cyclists for significant periods of time with the boom gates down for approximately 39 per cent of the peak period with traffic queues of up to 800 metres in peak periods.
“The busy Frankston rail line has more than 223 passenger train services passing through Ormond each day. Ormond Station will also be redeveloped with a new station entry on North Road,” he said
Mr O’Brien said in addition to the level crossing works, a new pedestrian crossing will be installed, with works starting mid-2014.
“At North Road, existing pedestrian signals are located within a couple of hundred metres from the level crossing on either side,” the Treasurer said.
“This is a major safety concern as up to 40 per cent of the pedestrians crossing North Road are school children.”
In addition, four level crossings are being removed as part of the Cranbourne-Pakenham Rail Corridor project, with planning for the removal of a further five.
“Today’s announcement means the Coalition Government is providing more than $1 billion in the 2014-15 Budget to remove eight level crossings across Melbourne,” the Treasurer added.