Melbourne’s huge level crossing removal project: Saving lives and improving journeys
In the context of rail safety, the State Government of Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) is delivering an infrastructure project of a size and scope never seen before in Australia. Here, Kevin Devlin, CEO at the LXRA, gives the specifics of the project and highlights why it is necessary.
REMOVING 50 level crossings across metropolitan Melbourne, upgrading or constructing more than 20 train stations, laying kilometres of brand-new track and improving rail signalling and power systems for the introduction of High Capacity Metro Trains are all important pieces of our project’s puzzle, which has already started to take shape over the past two years. But before going into the specifics of the project, it helps to have context around why we need to carry out these essential upgrades in the first place. As well as recently being named the world’s most liveable city for the seventh year running by The Economist, Melbourne is also Australia’s fastest growing capital city, with an expected population of six million by 2051.