Industry has say on Abbotts Road crossing

An artist's impression of the Abbotts Road rail overpass.

An industry forum will help to shape the new Abbotts Road rail bridge.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) invited local business representatives and landowners, residents, commuters and employees from the Dandenong South area to help it prepare for construction and delivery of the project.
It’s seeking feedback on potential designs and construction impacts.
The forum will run from noon to 2pm on Friday 21 October at Punthill, 157-163 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong.
The Journal reported on 23 September that there would be a rail bridge over Abbotts Road from 2019.
Dandenong MP Gabrielle Williams announced that construction would start next year.
She said the solution followed extensive consultation on a range of options with local business owners and operators, commuters and landowners.
More than 23,000 vehicles use the intersection every day.
A train derailed after hitting a truck at the intersection in 2012, resulting in one death and several serious injuries.
The incident followed another death at the intersection five years earlier.
The State Government announced last November that the crossing would be gone by 2019.
In February this year, the Journal reported that businesses were fuming over plans to cut Abbotts Road in half at the railway crossing – to instead build the Remington Drive overpass.
The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) did not initially put forward any other plans.
But Ms Williams said there were always other options on the table, and two weeks later the LXRA released four additional prospective projects for public consultation.
On 23 May Ms Williams announced that the option had been taken off the table.