Spingvale Rd crossing to go in $140m safety upgrade

Federal and Victorian governments spend $140 million to remove a notorious railway crossing in Melbourne

The Federal and Victorian governments will spend $140 million to remove a notorious railway crossing in Melbourne.

The crossing at Springvale Road in Nunawading will be removed and tracks will be run below the road. It is expected to be completed next year.

Victorian Premier John Brumby says the project will improve the safety of road users, train drivers and train passengers.

Australian Railways Association (ARA) CEO Bryan Nye calls it a great initiative.

"Eliminating high-risk level crossings through grade separation leads to a safer road and rail network for all road users," he says.

"It’s great to see the Victorian Government with the Commonwealth Government’s funding assistance moving forward to improve level crossing safety. This project is key for the constant development of level crossing safety."

The ARA is lobbying for no new level crossings to be built without grade separation.

"On average, 37 road users die as a result of accidents at Australian level crossings every
year. The rail industry believes every single collision is avoidable and continues to work towards the goal of zero deaths at level crossings," Nye says.

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