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Contract signed for Toorak Road level crossing removal

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The Victorian Government’s removal of the level crossing at Toorak Road, Kooyong is a step closer with the contract for the works now signed.

The Toorak Road level crossing is one of the most dangerous and congested in Victoria and a major bottleneck for tens of thousands of people travelling to the Monash Freeway and CityLink via Toorak Road, Glenferrie Road and Tooronga Road.

With boom gates down for 35 per cent of the morning peak the level crossing is causes widespread congestion and needs to go.

An Alliance of Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs and Metro (MTM) will deliver the $89 million contract to construct the rail bridge over Toorak Road.

These companies have a strong track record having successfully removed level crossings at Grange Road in Alphington and Lower Plenty Road in Rosanna, duplicating the Hurstbridge line between Rosanna and Heidelberg and building the new Rosanna station.

Since the Toorak Road rail bridge design was announced in February 2019, the project team has been talking to residents, road, rail and bike users about urban design, open space, landscaping and pedestrian and cycling connections.

The overwhelming feedback from the community has been to remove the level crossing as quickly as possible.

Significant feedback was received about helping pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross Toorak Road after the boom gates are gone. In response, a new pedestrian crossing will be installed and will be synchronised with the adjacent traffic lights on the Monash Freeway intersection to keep traffic flowing.

Based on detailed engineering assessments, the elevated design is the only feasible solution and will minimise rail and road disruption, as well as removing the level crossing as quickly as possible.

Early work and site set-up will start in the coming weeks and the level crossing will be gone by 2021.

Source: Vic Government

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