Call for greater safety for level crossing project

Thursday, 22 February 2017

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek and Chief Executive Officer Bryan Lancaster met with Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan at Parliament House on Tuesday to seek a commitment on a raft of safety and amenity improvements for the Buckley Street level crossing removal project.

Cr Sipek said that while Council had voted not to take legal action over the project, it remained committed to fighting for the best outcome for the community.

“We are disappointed that the State Government has pushed ahead with road-under-rail, however we had to make a tough call and admit that expensive legal action just wasn’t going to stop the project when the contracts have already been signed and the works are underway," Cr Sipek said.

“I am pleased to say that we had a productive meeting with the Minister and we expect to see action across a number of the immediate and long-term issues we raised.

“We made it clear that if road-under-rail is going ahead then this community must be assured that it will be safe and that the traders in Russell Street, Rose Street and Buckley Street will be supported.

“They must make the Transport Impact Assessment available to the whole community.

“Traffic lights must be installed at the dangerous Shamrock Street and Grice Crescent intersection on Mount Alexander Road.

“Access to the train platforms at Essendon Station must be made accessible in compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act.

“And we want a commitment that the Park Street and Puckle Street level crossings will be removed in the future.”

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