Sunshine level crossing removed during Regional Rail Link summer construction campaign

Source: Victorian Government - http://premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases.htm 

20 January 2014

The biggest construction campaign on Regional Rail Link to date has culminated in the removal of a level crossing on Anderson Road in Sunshine with trains traveling through the intersection without disrupting traffic for the first time today.

Inspecting the new road-over-rail bridge today with Acting Minister for Public Transport David Hodgett, Premier Denis Napthine said Regional Rail Link was already delivering benefits.

“Regional Rail Link is making our road and rail network safer and less congested,” Dr Napthine said.

“The more than 25,000 cars that use Anderson Road in Sunshine everyday will now have a smoother journey thanks to the project.

“Regional Rail Link is delivering real benefits now, making it quicker and easier for people to get around.”

The removal of the Bendigo line level crossing a few hundred metres up Anderson Road near King Edward Avenue is due for completion in the middle of the year.

Acting Minister for Public Transport David Hodgett said the works at Anderson Road showed the incredible progress that was achieved during the rail line closures over the past three weeks.

“Temporary rail line closures such as the one just completed are critical to delivering major rail infrastructure like Regional Rail Link,” Mr Hodgett said.

“While people were on replacement buses on some lines, more than 1,400 workers clocked up over 350,000 man hours installing 18,000 sleepers and over 17 kilometres of new track.

“We’ve also reached some critical milestones during the occupation, including the opening of two new platforms at Footscray Station, a new pedestrian concourse at Sunshine Station, the installation of an impressive new H.V. McKay footbridge and the new Nicholson St bridge in Footscray.

“We’ve also done extensive track reconfiguration work to make it easier for trains to get in and out of Southern Cross Station.

“This work simply can’t happen while trains are running, which is why rail line closures like the one just completed are critical to improving Victoria’s rail network.

“I would like to once again thank passengers for their patience, as we improve Victoria’s rail network.”

Member for Western Metropolitan region Andrew Elsbury said this is a major milestone, opening the Anderson Road grade separation, which shows a major vote of confidence by the Coalition Government in the people of Sunshine.

“Without these major roadworks Anderson Road would have been bogged down with congestion adding to frustrations to traffic reducing transport efficiency and the increased possibility of injury,” Mr Elsbury said.

”These two level crossings have been eliminated as the Coalition Government reinstated them into the project to the benefit of the Sunshine community, after the previous Labor Government chose to scrap the grade separations."

Member for Western Metropolitan region Bernie Finn also welcomed the announcement.

"This bridge really does compliment what is an enormous project for the people of Melbourne's west who now have a safe and easy passage to the station, which when complete will be one of the best in the state,” Mr Finn said.

Works carried out during the three week rail closure included:

For more information about the project, visit www.regionalraillink.vic.gov.au or follow @rrlproject on Twitter.

 

Contact

Mark Lee 0408 547 381 mark.lee@minstaff.vic.gov.au (Premier)
Steve Mann 0428 398 039 steve.mann@minstaff.vic.gov.au (Minister Hodgett)

 

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