Level crossing removal makes history

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25 June 2014

In Victoria, the Footscray – Deer Park project team has opened a new grade separation in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

As part of the multi-billion dollar Regional Rail Link project, the Footscray – Deer Park project team opened a new rail-over-road grade separation to four lanes of traffic early this morning.

It’s the second grade separation completed by the team this year - both on Anderson Road in Sunshine.

Victorian Minister for Public Transport and Roads Terry Mulder was on site to celebrate the milestone.

“For the 25,000 motorists a day that use Anderson Road, the ‘double-jeopardy’ of two level crossings within 500 metres is over,” Mr Mulder said. “For more than a hundred years, Anderson Road has been clogged by the effects of two level crossings. The removal of the Ballarat line level crossing earlier this year was an important first step but the removal of the second level crossing and the opening of the road underpass to four lanes today, means the delays and frustration are finally over.

“On top of reducing local traffic congestion, it will also improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists through paths on both sides of the road underpass.”

Alliance General Manager Brad Jackson said it was an important day for the project team.

“Opening this grade separation to four lanes of traffic marks the achievement of one of our final construction milestones,” he said.

“It’s been a tough job – construction of the underpass required the excavation of some 30,000 cubic metres of material, the majority of which was very hard basalt rock of 100 MPa. We also had a number of critical services running through the site and we were working within metres of residents and local businesses.”

Thiess General Manager Rail Glenn Mcilroy congratulated the team.

“We are now focused on completing the project and achieving practical completion ahead of schedule,” he said.

“Most importantly, we are committed to maintaining our excellent safety performance right through to the end. We have now worked more than 4 million man hours on the project and achieved the lowest Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate of all work packages on the Regional Rail Link project.”

Regional Rail Link is a landmark infrastructure project designed to remove major bottlenecks in Victoria's rail network. Thiess is delivering the Footscray – Deer Park section of the project as part of an alliance with the Regional Rail Link Authority, Metro, V/Line, Balfour Beatty, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Sinclair Knight Merz.

 

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