THE Victorian Government has committed to removing 50 level crossings in two terms of office: a faster rate of removal than in any other period in the history of railways in Melbourne.
These level crossing removals have the potential to be more transformative of Melbourne public transport system than the tunnels for the Melbourne Metro project, and indeed, are a crucial pre-requisite for that project to deliver its benefits. Melbourne’s historical experience of separating railways from roads shows that some types of level crossing removal have been more successful than others.
The study analyses the four main types of road-rail grade separations (elevated rail, trenched rail, road overpasses and underpasses) and assesses their effects using specific case studies (Glenferrie, Canterbury, Balaclava, Malvern, Mitcham, Springvale, Oakleigh, Huntingdale, Essendon, Middle Footscray and Anderson Rd., Sunshine).
To assess the likely impacts of any design for a level crossing removal, the study employs a set of criteria that include connectivity, amenity, safety, economic development, future proofing potential, disruptiveness, and total value proposition.
Title: The Benefits of Level Crossing Removals: lessons from Melbourne’s historical experience
Date: March 2016
Authors: Ian Woodcock (RMIT) and Dr John Stone (The University of Melbourne)
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