The Victorian Liberal Government must stop ignoring Clayton and fund a grade separation at the Clayton Road level crossing, Federal Member for Hotham Simon Crean said.
Simon Crean said that under the former State Labor Government, the Department of Transport established a priority list for works at level crossings, with Clayton Road ranked number eight.
The Victorian Liberal Government has ignored the experts by funding the New Street Brighton level crossing, which is ranked 223 on the priority list, instead of Clayton Road.
Clayton Road level crossing causes major congestion and should be a higher priority for the State Government, given 21,000 cars cross the tracks each day.
By contrast, only around 300 cars per day crossed the New Street Brighton crossing when it was open, yet it is the Liberal Government’s first priority.
Simon Crean said the crossing was also causing delays to emergency services vehicles.
The boom gates are down 45 per cent of the time which causes unacceptable delays to ambulances trying to get to the Monash Medical Centre.
Simon Crean called on Premier Napthine to fund the grade separation of Clayton Road level crossing in the State Budget.
It is time that the Victorian Liberal Government stopped ignoring our local area.