The Victorian State Government has declared the removal of level crossings located in Monash that have caused vast traffic congestion and delays to Monash residents and drivers over the past few years.
A primary concern has been regarding the level crossing on Clayton Road, where the boom gates are often down for 45 per cent of the morning peak hours. This has not only caused Monash residents inconvenience, but it has led to ambulances being held up whilst trying to reach the nearby Monash medical center.
Monash council’s organizational structure communications manager Ainslie Gowan agrees that the level crossing on Clayton Road is very problematic especially due to ambulances being held up during emergencies. “…and even over the years there’s been ambulances that have actually gone through the boom gates because they felt the need was so strong to get somebody to the hospital.” Said Ms Gowan.
The Monash council is aware that the level crossing on Clayton road is high priority and recognizes the importance of removing this particular crossing. “…The State Government has actually said that that will be one of the level crossings that they remove within the next four years so council’s very happy about that.”
The Clayton Road level crossing is not the only one that has been causing traffic congestion over the past few years. The State Government has announced that in the following eight years, 50 level crossings across Melbourne will be removed.
VicRoads manager of Network improvements Muhammad Sohail claims that the Clayton Road level crossing is very dangerous and that removal of it is crucial. “It’s a huge safety risk for emergency services such as fire brigades, ambulances, and police who get held up because of the boom gates. It can be a matter of a person’s life or death.”
The Clayton Road level crossing will be removed within the next eight years according to the State Government. “This is a critical project. Once it is completed, it is going to benefit the community vastly.” Mr Sohail declared.