Delays expected as major Melbourne summer works begin


Many lanes along the West Gate Bridge will be closed as a result of critical maintenance beginning Boxing Day

Delays expected as major Melbourne summer works begin
Transport Minister Jacinta Allan says the result will be 'worth it'.

 

There’s bad news for drivers in Melbourne as the Victorian government plans to kick-start its multi-billion dollar level crossing removal project on Boxing Day, with city-wide disruption on roads and the public transport network.

While drivers and motorists might not be thrilled with the timing of the start of the project, authorities consider it a leaner period for the rail network, which accounts for a greater number of commuters as compared to road during normal business days.

During the 2015-16 budget, the government allocated $2.4 billion to the long-term project that will result in the removal of 50 dangerous and congested level crossing across Melbourne by 2022.

Two of such level crossings – Furlong Road and Burke Road – will be removed by the end of January in order to streamline traffic and improve public safety.

Additionally, work at six other level crossings this summer will affect roads and train services on the Frankston, Sunbury, Glen Waverley, Belgrave, Lilydale and Bendigo lines at various times in January.

Minister for public transport Jacinta Allan and minister for roads and road safety Luke Donnellan officially announced the plan of works during a visit to the St Albans train station today.

"Works to build a better train, tram and road network will ramp up over summer," Allan says.

"It will cause disruption, but it’s worth it for the benefits it will bring, making it easier to get to work, school and home again safer and sooner."

Part of a strategic road and public transport overhaul project, the summer works will affect many arterial roads including, Burke Road in Glen Iris, Main Road in St Albans, North Road in Ormond, McKinnon Road in McKinnon, and Blackburn Road in Blackburn.

Moreover, lanes on the West Gate Bridge will be closed as critical maintenance works are carried out from 7pm on December 26 until midnight January 8.

Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes or, if possible, completely avoid the West Gate Bridge, which annually records a rise in the number of vehicles during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au or www.ptv.vic.gov.au for more details and alternative route maps.

 

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