Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula today welcomed the announcement that three dangerous and congested level crossings in Noble Park are set to be removed by mid-February.

Mr Pakula joined Premier Daniel Andrews and Acting Minister for Public Transport Luke Donnellan in Noble Park today to meet workers as they prepared for the removal of crossings at Corrigan, Heatherton and Chandler Roads.

Three sets of boom gates are set to go down for the final time on 29 January in Noble Park and crews will then get on with the job of connecting the new elevated train tracks to the existing ones.

To allow these final works to be carried out safely, Mr Pakula reminded the local community that buses will replace trains from 30 January to 14 February between Westall and Dandenong.

At the end of the construction blitz, three crossings will be gone and trains will be stopping at Noble Park’s brand new elevated station, months ahead of schedule.

Sixty near misses or collisions were reported across the three level crossings between 2011 and 2017, including an incident in 2016 where a car was clipped by a train at Chandler Road.

Of the 50 level crossings slated for removal, Heatherton Rd – Noble Park’s busiest crossing – was also the worst for vehicle collisions over the past six years, with three recorded between 2011 and 2017 and 15 reported near misses between 2016-17.

The Andrews Labor Government has removed 11 of Melbourne’s dangerous and congested level crossings, with and all nine between Caulfield and Dandenong on track to be removed by the end of the year.

Together with a massive power and signalling upgrade, these works combined will allow more trains to run more often on Melbourne’s busiest train line.

Quotes attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula

“This is exciting news for our local community. We’re removing these dangerous level crossings to make the roads safer and improve traffic flow.”

“Noble Park’s level crossings are notorious for clogging up our local roads and they pose a risk to safety – that’s why we’re getting rid of them.”

“I encourage people to be patient and plan ahead during the construction phase – the long term benefits will mean people can get home to their families sooner.”

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