Residents flooded by bungled rail project

This was South Parade in Blackburn on Thursday evening, as residents were inundated with overflow from the Blackburn rail project’s new drainage system.

Backyards have been flooded, garages filled with water and driveways washed away, causing thousands of dollars of damage to residents’ homes.

After turning the South Parade shopping strip into a concrete jungle in the name of fixing the drainage, instead the project has turned a quiet residential street into a floodplain.

Premier Andrews and the Level Crossing Removal Authority owe residents a full explanation of what has gone wrong, and what they are going to do to fix it. I’ll be taking this up with the government when Parliament sits next week.

This is just the latest in a long series of bungles in implementing this project, from not widening the pedestrian underpass, to the needless cutting down of iconic trees, to refusing to listen to residents about the bike path route, to trashing the rear boundaries of Glen Ebor Avenue residents.

Getting rid of the Blackburn level crossing should have been a project the whole community could be pleased with. It was funded in 2014 under the previous state government, but its implementation has been appallingly handled and the community is continuing to pay the price.