ETC welcomes funding for Blackburn and
Scoresby grade separations
The Eastern Transport Coalition has welcomed
the announcement that funding has been allocated for planning and
pre-construction work at two level crossings in Blackburn and Scoresby.
“The ETC has been campaigning for many
years to have these level crossings removed to allow for greater efficiency on their
respective train lines and to alleviate road congestion,’’ ETC spokesperson Cr
Samantha Dunn said.
level crossings at Blackburn Rd, Blackburn and Mountain Highway and Scoresby
Road, Bayswater are renowned for the traffic gridlock they create and the ETC
looks forward to hearing details about what work will take place to remove them
and when it will begin.”
Transport Minister Terry Mulder announced
yesterday that that the State Government would spend $52.3 million to “kick
start planning and works at…seven dangerous level crossings around Melbourne”,
including those at Blackburn and Scoresby.
Dunn said it was also pleasing to hear the Minster reiterate that construction
would begin later this year at Mitcham and Springvale level crossings, with a
scheduled completion time by the end of 2014.
are many other rail/road crossing points that need to be removed if the
government truly wants to alleviate road congestion while at the same time
allowing Melbourne’s public transport network to operate at its optimal
efficiency,” Cr Dunn said.
“Our residents are also waiting for the
government to commit funding for Stage 2 of the Rowville Rail Study, implement more
than 90 per cent of the recommendations from the 2010 Metropolitan Bus Services
Review and begin work stage 2 of the Doncaster Rail study.
hope that there will be more public transport announcements for the eastern
suburbs in the forthcoming budget to address the shortfall in funding that the
region has suffered for too many years.”
ETC is made up of seven eastern suburban councils, and represents the public
transport needs of more than one million residents.
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