Monday, 23 January 2017
Removal of the dangerous and congested level crossing on Camp Road in Campbellfield is set to start later this year – improving safety and travel times for the 20,000 vehicles that drive through the area each day.
Local MP, Frank McGuire unveiled concept designs today and announced that rail-under-road is now the preferred solution for the project.
A number of other options were investigated but ruled out as they would have required major re-routing of Camp Road, significant realignment of Sydney Road or major alterations to the Western Ring Road.
The Camp Road level crossing is one of Melbourne’s worst, with three accidents and fifteen near misses in the last decade alone.
Getting rid of it will reduce congestion, improve safety and create hundreds of jobs in Campbellfield, which will have flow-on benefits for local businesses.
The level crossing will be the first to go as part of the North Western package, which will also remove crossings at Buckley Street in Essendon, Glenroy Road in Glenroy, Bell Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick.
The Labor Government is not wasting a moment getting rid of the worst level crossings across Melbourne. Eight are already gone, 12 are under construction and seven more will start this year.
By the end of 2018, 37 level crossing removals will be either finished or underway, with 50 crossings to go by 2022.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority will hold community drop-in sessions at The Meadows (80 Northcorp Boulevard, Broadmeadows) next month, where people can meet the team, see more concept designs, ask questions, and provide feedback
- Monday 6 February 6pm-8pm
- Saturday 11 February 10am-12 noon
For information and to sign up for updates, visit levelcrossings.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire
“The Camp Road level crossing is one of Victoria’s worst – it’s got to go and we’re getting it done.”
“Lowering the line will safely separate trains from traffic, and prevent complicated re-routing of major roads.”
“We’re getting rid of these relics of the past and building the major transport projects our network needs to get people home safer and sooner.”BroadmeadowsGeneralMediaMedia Release