Mulder asked to act on dangerous level crossing

MP calls on Victorian transport minister to remove notorious level crossing from one of Melbourne's suburbs

By Ruza Zivkusic | May 31, 2011

Kororoit MP Marlene Kairouz is calling on the Victorian Transport Minister Terry Mulder to remove a notorious level crossing from one of Melbourne’s suburbs.

The St Albans level crossing, where three people died in 2004, is a traffic gridlock. A 2006 VicRoads planning study says lowering the rail line is a better option than a local bypass road.

Kairouz wants Mulder to proceed with the $82.5 million commitment the previous government made to complete the upgrade.

She says the government has allocated no money despite the crossing being the fourth dangerous according to an independent assessment study of Australian level crossings.

"The current minister for transport committed to this project again in the 2010 election. It seems that these promises have proven as hollow as the Liberal Party’s other election promises," she says.

"At the first opportunity the newly elected Liberal government had, in its own words ‘to end the neglect’.

"The people of St Albans have been crying out for this project for years.

Both sides of politics committed to it before the last state election but it seems that only one side was actually serious about delivering."

Residents have called for the pedestrian crossing to be widened and for trucks to be banned so that vehicles can pass more freely.

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