Benefits for commuters

Commuters will benefit from the removal of a level crossing and the opening of a station

The removal of a Victorian level crossing and the opening of a new Premium Station will greatly improve the daily commute and public safety of thousands of commuters travelling by bus, train or car.

Premier Denis Napthine was joined by Minister for Roads and Public Transport Terry Mulder to officially open the $159 million Springvale level crossing removal project this week.

"This is another landmark moment in the Victorian Coalition Government’s program to reduce traffic congestion and improve public and pedestrian safety across Melbourne," says Napthine.

"This will provide enormous benefits for the 25,000 vehicles per day that travel along Springvale Road with the boom gates previously down for 42 per cent of the time during peak periods.

"Traffic will now be able to flow freely along this important road rather than sitting idle for 50 minutes during the two hour peak."

Mulder says the project will not only benefit passengers on the 450 trains that pass through Springvale each weekday, but also the 25,000 vehicles per day using Springvale Road.

"Other benefits include improved bus, taxi and parking facilities including short term drop-off points and improved bicycle and pedestrian amenities with a new path located near the station precinct," he says.

Final works will continue at Springvale Station in the coming months to complete key features such as landscaping of the station forecourt and installation of lifts.

Final road surfacing of Springvale Road and surrounding local roads will also take place in the coming months.

"The new Premium station will provide high levels of service and be staffed from first to last train, every day," says Mulder.

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