MP to lead engagement on local level crossing removals

Premier Daniel Andrews today announced that Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos, will lead a Stakeholder Liaison Group for the removal of the Centre, North and McKinnon Road level crossings.

The Andrews Labor Government is removing 50 of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings.

These three level crossings removals are part of a $524 million package that was recently contracted and will create 350 jobs, with construction starting later this year and be finished by 2018.

Premier Andrews made the announcement in Parliament, saying Mr Staikos was a tireless advocate for the removal of these congested death-traps, and was the perfect person to lead this important group.

The Stakeholder Liaison Group will meet for the first time next week and will bring traders, residents, Council and other local stakeholders to discuss progress on the removals, minimise local impacts and provide input into the development and implementation of the project.

Group members will share the information with the wider community and bring valuable insight back to the Level Crossing Removal Project team.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos

“As someone who has campaigned tirelessly on this issue, I am proud to lead the Stakeholder Liaison Group for the removal of these congested death traps in our community.”

“Living near these crossings, I know how frustrating and dangerous they are and how important it is to work with businesses, residents and other local stakeholders to get rid of them.”

Quotes attributable to Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews

“Nick Staikos has campaigned hard to remove these crossings and has the passion and local knowledge needed to lead stakeholder engagement around these critical projects in his community.”

“These level crossings hold up cars, they slow down trains and, sadly, they put lives at risk – they have to go and we’re getting on with it.”

 

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