Melton City Council has welcomed news that the Victorian Government will fast track the removal of the Robinsons Road level crossing on the eastern border of the municipality.
The State Government has announced that it will begin building an underpass to replace the boom gates next year and plans to have the project complete by 2023.
City of Melton Mayor Cr Lara Carli said it was a great outcome to have the level crossing removed as a priority.
“Creating an underpass will make a difference to the thousands of motorists who face major delays at these boom gates every day,” she said.
“This was among Council’s latest advocacy priorities and something we hoped would be delivered as part of the Western Rail Plan, so to have it begin so soon is very welcome news.
“We look forward to this project beginning next year and thank the State Government for recognising this need and making it priority.
“We’re also hopeful that the State Government will consider its economic recovery funding as an opportunity to fast-track other much-needed major projects for our fast-growing community. Projects such as the Western Rail Plan, in particular the electrification of the Melton line, as well as construction of the Melton Hospital will not only improve liveability in the City of Melton but will create long term jobs and investment for the west.”
The State Government’s project team is seeking community feedback on the design of the underpass which is set to include walking and cycling connections. To share your ideas, complete the survey by Friday 7 August at engage.vic.gov.au/lxrp-robinsons-road