Victorian Coalition fixes 60th country level crossing
25 July 2014
The Victorian Coalition Government's $47 million Fix Country Crossings Program has reached a milestone with the completion of the 60th level crossing upgrade, Minister for Public Transport and Roads Terry Mulder said today.
"This is a major safety milestone, with the commissioning of boom barriers at Kirwans Bridge Road – Longwood Road, Nagambie, making this the 60th crossing completed under this program.
"The Coalition Government has invested $1.2 million to upgrade safety at four level crossings in Nagambie, Avenel, Mangalore and Wahring.
"Under the program, the Napthine Government has accelerated works to install boom barriers on busy rail lines across Victoria."
Mr Mulder said the country level crossings being upgraded all had a history of near misses and ranked amongst the worst level crossings in the state by rail operators.
"Train drivers have reported many near misses at the Nagambie, Avenel, Mangalore and Wahring level crossings," Mr Mulder said.
"Only last year, the Aerodrome Road Avenel was listed in a national TrackSafe survey of train drivers as one of the ten worst level crossings in Victoria," Mr Mulder said.
Member for Benalla Bill Sykes said the upgraded level crossing was frequently crossed by V/Line trains and freight trains.
"This Nagambie level crossing had a history of vehicle near misses and was ranked as a hazardous country level crossing," Dr Sykes said.
"The Kirwans Bridge Road level crossing now has flashing lights and boom barriers where there was previously only safety signage."
Nationals Candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan welcomed the completion of the safety works.
"For local residents and visitors to the region alike these works will deliver a major boost for level crossing safety," Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan said the Fix Country Crossings Program was also a major economic boost for regional Victoria.
"As well as a safety boost across country Victoria, the program has been an economic boon for regional Victoria," Ms Ryan said.
Further information about the Victorian Government's level crossing upgrade programs can be found at www.transport.vic.gov.au