Level crossings causing delays: Vic govt

Bells at railway crossings are the soundtrack to the suburbs and Premier Daniel Andrews says he's determined to get rid of them.

The Victorian government has revealed the locations of the first 17 level crossings to be removed.

In Tuesday's state budget, the government allocated $2.4 billion to remove the first of the 50 crossings Labor committed to removing in November's state election.

Tenders are already out for some of the projects and more will go out soon as part of the Cranbourne-Pakenham rail upgrade.

The government has committed to removing 20 crossings by the end of 2018 and 50 over eight years, Mr Andrews said on Thursday.

"If we can do better than 20 in our first term ... then of course we will," he told reporters from a level crossing in Clayton.

"I am determined to get rid of these death traps that are holding us back."

Mr Andrews said the budget showed enough cashflow to ensure a fast start on removing the crossings, without having to wait for the sale of the long-term lease of the Port of Melbourne, which will pay for the project.

Figures released by the state government show drivers are spending a combined 16 hours stuck behind boom gates at 17 level crossings in the two-hour morning peak.

One crossing at Carnegie had boom gates down for 87 minutes of the two-hour morning peak between 7am and 9am.

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