Train intersection - Railway crossing on Main Street West in St Albans - Traffic moves through the intersection despite the boom gates lowering and the lights flashing.
St Albans Main Road where 16 people have died. Photo: Paul Rovere
The federal government has offered to hold bipartisan talks in an effort to fix a Melbourne railway crossing that has claimed 16 lives.
Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese inspected the St Albans crossing in Melbourne's west on Sunday and said he was prepared to sit down with his state counterpart to discuss how to improve it.
''This is obviously one of the worst in the country,'' he said.
''I know the state government made commitments about dealing with this issue prior to the last election.
''I've raised the issue myself with state minister Terry Mulder and I want to see a solution.''
Mr Albanese was joined by local federal MP Bill Shorten, who said both parties were guilty of neglecting the crossing for decades.
The crossing falls under the state government's responsibility and at the last election both parties had pledged to do something about it, Mr Shorten said.
''But we're still here, we're still watching people forced to engage in a proposition of Russian roulette,'' he said.
''The message is very clear to Premier [Ted] Baillieu - now is the time for bipartisanship, now is the time on something as important as life and death.
''Let's get on and talk constructively about how we can fix what I believe is the most dangerous level crossing in Victoria, if not Australia.''
Dianne Dejanovic, whose 31-year-old son Christian was killed at the crossing a year ago, said people's lives are at risk every day. ''We want the Victorian state government to step up to the mark,'' she said.
The state government has said it will fund the St Albans Main Road crossing, with planning work and construction to start in this term. But to date no money has been allocated.
Mr Mulder said the St Albans crossing was on the government's list of 12 crossings to remove.
''[State Opposition Leader] Daniel Andrews and state Labor failed for 11 years to do anything about this crossing and still don't have any commitment to fix it,'' he said in a statement.
The government had the largest level crossing removal program in the state's history, he said. ''VicRoads has already started consulting with locals about the project design as to whether it should be road under rail or rail under road.''