QuestionsOnNotice

Questions on Notice No 1135
Answered
Council
59 Parliament First Session
Question
Asked: 26 November 2019

Removal of level crossings

MR DAVIS — To ask the Minister for Roads (for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure): In relation to the 2015 contract awarded to the Leighton Contractors, Aurecon and Hyder Consulting alliance for the removal of level crossings at Blackburn Road in Blackburn, Heatherdale Road in Mitcham, and Furlong and Main Roads in St Albans:

(1)    What was the total payment, including payments for contract variations, at contract close.

(2)    For each level crossing, on what dates —

(a)    were regular services disrupted due to level crossing removal works; and

(b)    did regular services resume post level crossing removal.

(3)    For the vehicles that use each level crossing, by how much has road congestion been reduced.

(4)    Since the completion of works, how many additional services have been run on the Belgrave and Sunbury lines.

Footnote: Reinstated in full on 3 June 2020
Answer
Answered: 17 March 2020
Removal of level crossings

(1) The contract for the removals of Blackburn Road in Blackburn, Heatherdale Road in Mitcham, and Furlong and Main Roads in St Albans was $481.2m. Like most major infrastructure projects, contracts are finalised some years after construction has finished to allow time for rectification works to take place if required. The Level Crossing Removal Project is currently forecast to deliver all 75 level crossing removals within its project budget by 2025.

(2) On the Sunbury and Bendigo lines major occupations occurred during October and November 2016. Both St Albans and Ginifer Stations opened on 2 November 2016. On sections of the Belgrave/Lilydale line major rail occupations occurred from December 2016 to February 2017.Regular services resumed in February 2017.

On the Belgrave/Lilydale line, buses replaced trains between Box Hill and Ringwood stations from 27 December 2016 to 5 February 2017, with both Blackburn and Heatherdale stations opening on 6 February 2017. Regular services resumed following the level crossing removal.

(3) The removal of level crossings can reduce road congestion in an entire precinct, not just for vehicles traversing the railway line. Maximum travel times have decreased by 80 percent in the morning peak in St Albans, and by 48 percent in Blackburn.

(4) Ten weekly services on the Sunbury line.

 

Hon Jacinta Allan MP

Minister for Transport Infrastructure

 


Answer
Answered: 8 December 2020

I thank the Member for Southern Metropolitan Region for his question. 

ST ALBANS: 

  • Between October 2015 and November 2016, sections of the Sunbury line were impacted by a weekend rail occupation, and major rail occupations held in January 2016 and from October to November 2016. Throughout construction crews were often able to undertake work without disrupting regular passenger services.  Following a 26-day occupation, services resumed with two level crossings gone and two new stations open in November 2016.

BLACKBURN/HEATHERDALE 

  • Between November 2015 and February 2017, sections of the Belgrave/Lilydale line were impacted by five weekend occupations, and major rail occupations held in April 2016, July 2016, and from December 2016 to February 2017. Throughout construction crews were often able to undertake work without disrupting regular passenger services. Following a 41-day occupation, regular services resumed, and the new Heatherdale Station opened in February 2017.

 

Hon Jacinta Allan MP

Minister for Transport Infrastructure

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