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Managing the level crossing removal program

14 Dec 2017
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Melbourne is facing unprecedented population growth in the coming decades, which will result in an increase in travel demands. Plan Melbourne 2014 stated that, by 2050, Melbourne’s road and rail network will need to accommodate an additional 10.7 million daily trips, on top of the 14.2 million daily trips recorded in 2014.  

The Level Crossing Removal Program (LXRP) is one of the Victorian Government’s key transport infrastructure projects. Part of an overarching policy to improve Melbourne’s transport network, its stated aim is to remove 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings.

Following its election in 2014, the government upheld its pre-election commitment to remove 50 crossings by 2022. The May 2015 Budget included an additional commitment to remove 20 crossings by 2018. Since the LXRP’s announcement, the government has identified an additional two level crossings for removal, bringing the total to 52.  

Established in 2015, the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) took over responsibility for managing the program from VicRoads. At September 2017:

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minor-latin;mso-char-type:symbol;mso-symbol-font-family:Symbol">· six were in early planning stages.

As the LXRP is only two years into an eight-year program, our assessment at this time serves to identify risks, lessons and opportunities for improvement for future works.

We have examined whether the LXRP is cost-effective in terms of whether it has improved, or is expected to improve, the safety and efficiency of the state’s road and rail network.

Our audit focused on the role of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), LXRA, Public Transport Victoria (PTV), and Transport for Victoria (TfV) in providing oversight and strategic focus for the LXRP.

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ISBN: 
978 1 925678 09 3
Publication Place: 
Melbourne
Published year only: 
2017
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