BAILLIEU GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO KEEP PROMISE AND WORK
“Wyndham is the fastest growing local government area in Victoria has three railway level crossings in the Department of Transport’s 20 most dangerous crossings, but none of these are even on the list of crossings planned for future removal by this Government,” said State Member for Tarneit, Tim Pallas.
“For Wyndham, grade separations would be a bounty as they would do much to relieve
the city’s worsening transport and traffic congestion situation”.
“The Baillieu Government hasn’t explained why the crossings at Brighton (No 214 on the Department of Transport’s priority list), or the 4 other eastern suburbs projects (ranked
between 15 and 483) budgeted for have been prioritised above Cherry Street,
Werribee Street and Old Geelong Road, all of which are ranked in the top 20,” said Mr Pallas.
This is a significant retreat from the eight grade separations delivered during the last
term of the previous Labor Government.
The previous Government delivered grade separations at:
- Middleborough Road
- Springvale Road
- Taylor’s Road
- Kororoit Creek Road
- Three grade separations at the Dynon Port Rail Link; and
- The Palmers Road extension, commenced and funded by the previous Labor Government, will also see a grade separation at the Palmers Road Overpass.
“There seems to be no relief on the horizon either, judging from Transport Minister Terry Mulder’s official comments at the Annual Australian Roads Summit on 8 March this year. Further grade separations were listed at the lowest end of the Minister’s outlined future priorities, and are not currently being planned or budgeted for.”
“The Baillieu Government needs to live up to their promise of two years ago to the people of Werribee and Hoppers Crossing that they would “fix the problems,” by making a start at these key arterial road-rail intersections.”