I’ve been trying to sort out the status of all the level crossings from the various lists. Some are fully funded, others are funded for planning, and some are merely promises/pledges from the politicians.
I ended up going back to the ALCAM 2008 list, and working through which have already been grade separated, and which are now proposed.
The full list is below, and I’m sure will make for a riveting read (note also some footnotes at the bottom) but first a summary of what I found:
The ALCAM list included 1,872 crossings across Victoria. 180 are railway crossings in the metropolitan area. Another 5 are on the light rail lines to St Kilda and Port Melbourne. The rest are on non-metro lines (including on the Stony Point line, and V/Line areas within metropolitan Melbourne), so typically have much fewer rail services and less road and pedestrian traffic.
Of the 180 metropolitan crossings, 9 have already been grade-separated: 4 by Labor between 2007 [See note 8] and 2010, and 5 by the Coalition since then, leaving 171 level crossings around Melbourne (excluding light rail).
The most expensive funded or completed crossing by far is Main Road, St Albans, at $200 million. The cheapest was Kororoit Creek Road in Altona, at $48.5 million, which included road duplication, but no new station.
The average cost since 2007 is $130.1 million. Some have included new railway stations. Some such as the $173.9 million grade separation of Footscray Road in the Port of Melbourne area have included large-scale roadworks. (The project also included two much further down the priority list, and not counted as “Metro”: Appleton Dock Road, ranked 1325 and Enterprise Road, ranked 651.)
More level crossing removals are currently fully-funded by the Coalition: 4 via the budget and 4 as part of the Dandenong rail project. A further 7 have planning or early works funding from the Coalition. [Update: In March 2015 the Coalition’s Dandenong rail project was scrapped and replaced by Labor’s version.]
Strangely the Coalition has repeatedly claimed to have completed or commenced 40 grade separations. I can only count 5 completed, 4 fully funded in the budget, 4 via the Dandenong project, and 7 partially funded = 20.
The only possible way to get close to their claim is to include Regional Rail Link bridges, which are on a new line, so are not “level crossing removal” because there was never a level crossing there. There’s also Christies Road on the Ballarat line, which is a road extension over an existing line, not on the RRL route but done as part of the project. Again, no level crossing has actually been removed, though at a stretch you might count all of these 13 as “grade separation”. If you did, you’d also need to count three similar instances along the Epping to South Morang extension, funded by Labor.
(There are four river bridges on the RRL line as well, but they can’t count as they don’t involve roads or level crossings.)
So unless I’m missing something, the closest I can get to the Coalition’s claim of 40 grade separations is 33.
I asked anonymous Coalition blogger SpringStSource about this some time ago, but have not had a reply. Since then the 40 claim hasn’t been used as much, but was repeated by Coalition MP David Southwick at the MTF Glen Eira forum a couple of weeks ago, and tweeted by Treasurer Michael O’Brien last week as well.
— Michael O’Brien (@michaelobrienmp) September 17, 2014
Update: Michael O’Brien has advised me that funding was provided in the 2014-15 budget for investigating another 7 (as-yet unnamed) grade separations. From page 17 of the Budget Information Paper: Infrastructure Investment: $21 million in new funding provided in the 2014-15 Budget to commence planning for seven priority level crossing removals as the next stage of the Metro Level Crossing Blitz program.
Meanwhile Labor is pledging to remove 50, with 40 on their list from last year, and another 2 so far added.
Their priority list includes many (but not all) of the top crossings in the ALCAM list. They say they’d do this over 8 years (two terms), funded by sale of the Port.
All of the current 8 fully funded crossings are included on the list pledged by Labor so far. Effectively this means those 8 will happen no matter who wins the election… well, if whoever wins fulfils their promises.
Does this make Labor’s pledge empty on those 8? Perhaps, though Labor pledged them before the Coalition funded them.
The top 300 crossings
Note the Location really refers to the types of trains, not where it is. Some “Non-Metro” are in Melbourne. The Risk Score is a formula based on a number of factors, including the likelihood of collisions; the number of trains, motor vehicles and pedestrians; and the consequence. See this document, section 4/page 3.
Note: This list is only the top 300 from the 2008 ALCAM list, which includes all of the Metro crossings. There are actually another 1,572 non-Metro crossings not included here. You can see them on the original document. The status of each crossing is as at September 2014.
|Rank||Location||Road||Suburb||Risk score||Current status||Cost (m)||Year||Labor||Notes|
|1||Metro||Springvale Rd||Nunawading||14648.424||Completed (Labor)||$142.0||2010|
|2||Metro||Springvale Rd||Springvale||9783.2064||Completed (Coalition)||$159.0||2014|
|3||Metro||Mitcham Rd||Mitcham||8139.6||Completed (Coalition)||$98.5||2014||6|
|4||Metro||Main Rd||St Albans||6279.84||Funded (Coalition)||$200.0||Pledged||3|
|5||Metro||Furlong Rd||St Albans||5019.6||Pledged|
|8||Metro||Clayton Rd||Clayton||4182.5056||Funded (Coalition)||Pledged||4|
|12||Metro||Grange Rd||Carnegie||3578.2208||Planning funded (Coalition)||Pledged||4|
|14||Metro||Union Rd||Surrey Hills||3448.014528|
|15||Metro||North Rd||Ormond||3348.9456||Funded (Coalition)||$152.3||Pledged|
|17||Metro||Blackburn Rd||Blackburn||3018.792||Funded (Coalition)||$152.3||Pledged|
|19||Metro||Old Geelong Rd||Hoppers Crossing||2947.85|
|20||Metro||Mc Gregor Rd||Pakenham||2885.59744|
|23||Metro||Lower Plenty Rd||Rosanna||2783.324544||Pledged|
|27||Metro||Centre Rd||Clayton||2479.552||Funded (Coalition)||Pledged||4|
|30||Metro||Heatherton Rd||Noble Park||2375.5872||Planning funded (Coalition)||Pledged||4|
|32||Metro||Clyde Rd (Berwick – Cranbourne Rd)||Berwick||2313.6||Pledged|
|37||Metro||Koornang Rd||Carnegie||2116.608||Funded (Coalition)||Pledged||4|
|40||Metro||Chandler Rd||Noble Park||2021.632||Planning funded (Coalition)||Pledged||4|
|42||Metro||Skye Rd (Overton Rd)||Frankston||1913.344||Pledged|
|43||Metro||Keon Pde||Keon Park||1895.197824|
|44||Metro||Gaffney St||Coburg North||1869.7536|
|45||Metro||Sth Gippsland Hwy||Dandenong||1868.8||Pledged|
|46||Metro||Kororoit Creek Rd||Altona||1854.4||Completed (Labor)||$48.5||2010|
|48||Metro||Scoresby Rd||Bayswater||1838.784||Planning funded (Coalition)||Pledged|
|49||Non-Metro||Anderson Rd||Sunshine||1760.22||Completed (Coalition)||2|
|50||Metro||Webb St||Narre Warren||1740.53376|
|53||Metro||High St||Glen Iris||1674|
|55||Metro||Corrigan Rd||Noble Park||1617.984||Planning funded (Coalition)||Pledged||4|
|58||Metro||Puckle St||Moonee Ponds||1559.52|
|61||Metro||Prospect Hill Rd||Riversdale||1495.71576|
|63||Metro||Box Forest Rd||Glenroy||1481.295816|
|64||Metro||Anderson Rd||Sunshine||1480.96||Completed (Coalition)||2|
|67||Metro||Burke Rd||Glen Iris||1368||Funded (Coalition)||$152.3||2016||Pledged||7|
|68||Metro||Poath Rd||Hughesdale||1359.5136||Planning funded (Coalition)||Pledged||4|
|70||Light Rail||Bridport St||South Melbourne||1355.85|
|75||Metro||Glen Huntly Rd||Glenhuntly||1247.0304|
|77||Metro||Macaulay Rd||North Melbourne||1235.52|
|78||Metro||Glen Eira Rd||Ripponlea||1212.068|
|79||Metro||Murrumbeena Rd||Murrumbeena||1106.9792||Funded (Coalition)||Pledged||4|
|82||Light Rail||Railway Av (Swallow Ave)||Port Melbourne||1031.835|
|84||Metro||Mc Kinnon Rd||McKinnon||1022.56||Pledged||1|
|87||Metro||Mountain Hwy||Bayswater||980.392||Planning funded (Coalition)||Pledged|
|88||Metro||Mont Albert Rd||Mont Albert||972.1824|
|89||Metro||Devon Rd||Pascoe Vale||967.176|
|91||Metro||Eel Race Rd||Carrum||883.56||Pledged|
|94||Metro||Bay St||North Brighton||839.124|
|101||Non-Metro||Grant St (Parwan Rd)||Bacchus Marsh||748.8|
|107||Metro||Gaffney St||Pascoe Vale||670.32|
|108||Metro||O Hea St||Coburg||670.2696|
|115||Non-Metro||Station Rd (Mt Derrimut Rd)||Deer Park||586.3125|
|121||Metro||Arden St||North Melbourne||520.51896|
|123||Metro||Dublin Rd||Ringwood East||481.3743|
|124||Metro||Rooks Rd||Nunawading||462.672||Completed (Coalition)||$98.5||2014||6|
|125||Non-Metro||Moorooduc Hwy (Mc Mahons Rd)||Frankston||459|
|126||Non-Metro||North Shore Rd (Station St)||Corio||449.652|
|129||Light Rail||Beach St||Port Melbourne||438.34|
|133||Metro||Progress St||Dandenong South||384.84096|
|134||Metro||Park St||Moonee Ponds||381.672|
|141||Metro||Mc Donald St||Mordialloc||330.48|
|144||Metro||Abbotts Rd||Dandenong South||296.64084||Pledged|
|145||Metro||Taylors Rd||Keilor Downs||288.36||Completed (Labor)||$54||2007||8|
|147||Metro||Ramsden St||Clifton Hill||280.704|
|149||Metro||Thompsons Rd||Cranbourne North||257.04||Pledged|
|151||Metro||Kororoit Creek Rd||Altona||250.7||Pledged||2|
|153||Non-Metro||Separation St||North Geelong||241.5|
|154||Non-Metro||Lara Lakes Rd (McClelland St)||Lara||238.728|
|156||Non-Metro||Robinsons Rd||Deer Park||231.462|
|158||Non-Metro||Calder Park Dr||Calder Park||222.0834|
|163||Metro||Greens Rd||Dandenong South||209.79|
|165||Non-Metro||Yarra St||South Geelong||201.4|
|169||Non-Metro||Windermere Rd (McIntyre Rd)||Lara||183.96|
|171||Metro||Main Hurstbridge Rd||Diamond Creek||177.238713|
|172||Non-Metro||Thompson Rd||North Geelong||174|
|174||Non-Metro||Lloyd St (Waterloo Rd Cros)||Moe||165.13308|
|176||Metro||Hilltop Rd||Upper Ferntree Gully||159.088|
|178||Non-Metro||Nunn St (Midland Hwy)||Benalla||154.38|
|179||Non-Metro||St Georges Rd||Corio||147.168|
|180||Non-Metro||Mc Killop St||Geelong||145.86|
|183||Non-Metro||Station Rd / Exford Rd||Melton South||140.985|
|186||Non-Metro||Gap Rd (Station St)||Sunbury||134.412156|
|188||Light Rail||Inglis St||Port Melbourne||123.69|
|189||Metro||Poplar Rd||Royal Park||114.192|
|191||Non-Metro||Nar Nar Goon – Longwarry Rd||Nar Nar Goon||111.132|
|194||Non-Metro||Edgars Rd||Little River||108.8892|
|195||Non-Metro||Coburns Rd / Rees Rd||Melton South||101.82915|
|197||Metro||Alpine St||Ferntree Gully||101.016|
|200||Non-Metro||Wood St (Fyans St/Carr St)||South Geelong||98.88|
|203||Light Rail||Bridge St||Port Melbourne||91.14|
|204||Non-Metro||Swanston St||South Geelong||87.98|
|205||Non-Metro||Calder Hwy||Diggers Rest||86.7027|
|206||Non-Metro||Hope St (Bunyip – Modella Rd)||Bunyip||83.1705|
|207||Non-Metro||Baxter – Tooradin Rd||Baxter||82.485|
|211||Non-Metro||Stony Point Rd||Bittern||78.246|
|214||Metro||Dendy St (New St)||Brighton||71.4918|
|217||Non-Metro||Barwon Heads Rd||Marshall||67.2|
|221||Non-Metro||Eramosa Rd West||Somerville||58.5|
|226||Non-Metro||Broadford – Epping Rd||Wallan||53.28|
|228||Non-Metro||Knight St (Andrew Fairley Av)||Shepparton||48.8|
|230||Non-Metro||Wahgunyah – Wangaratta Rd (Three Chain Rd)||Bowser||46.69|
|231||Non-Metro||Robinsons Rd||Frankston South||46.5|
|232||Non-Metro||High St (Hume Hwy)||Wodonga||45.36|
|233||Non-Metro||Cowslip St||Violet Town||44.64|
|234||Non-Metro||Troups Rd Nth||Rockbank||44.25|
|237||Non-Metro||Mollison St (Kyneton-Trentham Rd)||Kyneton||42.12|
|241||Non-Metro||Creswick Rd (Midland Hwy)||Ballarat||36.6|
|242||Non-Metro||Barwon Tce||South Geelong||36|
|245||Non-Metro||Lochs Creek Rd||Trafalgar||35.028|
|246||Non-Metro||Shady Creek Rd||Yarragon||33.81|
|248||Non-Metro||Frankston – Flinders Rd (Graydens Rd)||Hastings||33.642|
|251||Non-Metro||Benalla – Yarrawonga Rd||Benalla||31.61|
|254||Non-Metro||Golf Links Rd||Baxter||30.75|
|255||Metro||Cave Hill Rd||Lilydale||30.624|
|257||Non-Metro||Mc Diarmids Rd||Violet Town||27.59|
|259||Non-Metro||Goulburn Valley Hwy||Murchison East||27.36|
|260||Metro||Wilson Rd||Wattle Glen||27.324|
|261||Non-Metro||Western Hwy (Barkly St)||Ararat||27.2|
|268||Non-Metro||Mornington – Tyabb Rd||Tyabb||23.715|
|270||Non-Metro||Footscray Rd||Melbourne||23||Completed (Labor)||$173.9||2009|
|271||Non-Metro||Gardner and Holman Rd||Drouin||22.932|
|275||Non-Metro||Frankston – Flinders Rd (HastingsRd)||Somerville||22.125|
|278||Metro||Ascot Vale Rd||Newmarket||21.45|
|279||Non-Metro||Stawell – Warracknabeal Rd||Glenorchy||21.4|
|281||Non-Metro||Nagambie – Locksley Rd||Locksley||20.46|
|283||Non-Metro||Kennedy St (Koo Wee Rup – Longwarry Rd)||Longwarry||19.908|
|284||Non-Metro||Northern Hwy (Mary St)||Rochester||18.45|
|288||Non-Metro||Anakie Rd||Bell Park||17.1|
|291||Non-Metro||Bungaree – Wallace Rd||Wallace||16.308|
|292||Non-Metro||Rutherglen – Springhurst Rd (Cannings Crossing)||Springhurst||16.24|
|293||Non-Metro||Surf Coast Hwy (Torquay Rd)||Grovedale||16.17|
|295||Non-Metro||Tylden – Woodend Rd||Woodend||15.70725|
|299||Metro||Allendale Rd||Diamond Creek||14.283|
|300||Non-Metro||Madden St North||Kaniva||13.68|
(Converted from Excel to HTML using Tableizer — very handy!)
- State Labor: Only Labor will remove 50 level crossings
- Coalition’s anonymous blogger “SpringStSource”: Level crossing removal by the Coalition Government
- Vicroads: Level crossing projects
 Additional 10 crossings of Labor’s total were held over until closer to the election. As of 24/9/2014 two of those have been announced. I’ll keep updating this as the rest are pledged.
 Completed by State Coalition as part of Regional Rail Link project. From what I understand, while State and Federal Labor set up the RRL project and provided the bulk of funding, the Anderson Road crossing removals only came about because the State Coalition put in extra money for it.
 Funded by State Coalition as part of Regional Rail Link savings, as the project has come in under budget.
 Funded by State Coalition as part of Dandenong line upgrade package, though the funding contracts for this haven’t been finalised yet.
 State Labor has listed the crossing in Ferguson Street, Williamstown, as well as Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown North. Technically are the same crossing; the streets meet there, outside North Williamstown station. There is another Kororoit Creek Road crossing in Altona (on the Altona Loop Line, ranked 151), which from their map in the PDF is obviously the one they mean. There used to be a third crossing at Altona North (on the direct Newport to Laverton line, ranked 46), but this was grade separated in 2010.
(The Coalition has got muddled like this in the past. At one stage I saw a list which implied Main Road East and Main Road West in St Albans were two separate crossings.)
 Mitcham Road and Rooks Road were completed together (because they’re close geographically) for $197m. Previously the costs for this project and Springvale Road, Springvale had only been quoted as one big $350 million project, but the breakdown is in the PTV 2013-14 annual report.
 Burke Road, North Road and Blackburn Road funded together for $457m.
 Taylors Road, Keilor Downs, appears on the 2008 ALCAM list, but was actually grade separated in 2007. (Thanks James for the correction.)
Regional Rail Link road/rail bridges
As listed on the RRL web site:
- Christies Road
- Deer Park Bypass
- Boundary Road
- Dohertys Road
- Derrimut Road
- Tarneit Road
- Davis Road
- Leakes Road
- Ballan Road
- Manor Lakes Boulevard
- Greens Road
- Black Forest Road
- Bulban Road
Christies Road is a road extension over an existing rail line. All the others are a new rail line under existing roads. Therefore none actually involved removing a level crossing, as none existed beforehand.
Got any corrections? Leave a comment or shoot me an email.
I’ll try and keep the list up to date as the election campaign goes on. We’re expecting another 8 crossings to be named by Labor, and the Coalition may come back pledging more as well.