QuestionsOnNotice

Questions on Notice No 1136
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

(1) The contract for the Hurstbridge line duplication and level crossing removal projects at Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna and Grange Road in Alphington was $395 million. As reported in the 2018- 19 Department of Transport Annual Report, an additional $21 million was added to the contract for additional works required to interface the new signalling system with the existing signalling infrastructure. This funding was provided from savings realised from the early completion of the Mernda Rail Line Extension Project. 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 Hurstbridge lines major occupations occurred between March and May 2018. Services resumed in May.

(3) a) March 2017 b) May 2018 c) March 2017 d) August 2018

(4) On the Hurstbridge lines major occupations occurred between March and May 2018. Services resumed in May. In August 2018, a new timetable was introduced that provided an additional eight AM peak services on Hurstbridge Line and Mernda Lines.

 

Hon Jacinta Allan MP

Minister for Transport Infrastructure


Answer
Answered: 8 December 2020

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

  • For the Lower Plenty Road and Grange Road level crossings, sections of the Hurstbridge line were impacted between March 2017 and May 2018 by nine weekend occupations and major rail occupations were held in October 2017, January 2018 and March to May 2018. Throughout construction crews were often able to undertake work without disrupting regular passenger services. Following a 49-day occupation, regular services resumed in May 2018 with the two level crossings gone, the new Rosanna station opened, and trains running on the duplicated track.
  • Rosanna Station works began on 6 October 2017 and was opened to commuters on 4 May 2018.
  • Rosanna Station carpark closures began in July 2017 at Turnham Avenue and September at Beetham Parade, the carparks were opened in August 2018.
  • Between March 2017 and May 2018, sections of the Hurstbridge line were impacted by nine weekend occupations and major rail occupations held in October 2017, January 2018 and March to May 2018. Throughout construction crews were often able to undertake work without disrupting regular passenger services. Following a 49-day occupation, regular services resumed in May 2018 with the two level crossings gone, the new Rosanna station opened, and trains running on the duplicated track.

 

Hon Jacinta Allan MP

Minister for Transport Infrastructure

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