• $8.3 million investment to improve crossing safety on the Gippsland line
• Axle counters to be installed at 32 level crossing east of Traralgon
• Victorian Coalition Government is building a better rail network
An $8.3 million upgrade of level crossing safety on the Gippsland train line has reached an important milestone with the completion of a successful trial of newly installed axle counter technology that will ensure trains stay on track east of Traralgon.
Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan was joined today by The Nationals Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull and The Nationals Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester to inspect the new axle counters.
“I am pleased to announce the active trial of axle counter technology here in Gippsland is a success and it will be implemented on all 32 level crossings between Traralgon and Bairnsdale,” Mr Ryan said.
“The axle counters will supersede the track circuits, currently used to detect trains at automated level crossings, which were affected by corrosion,” Mr Ryan said.
“This $8.3 million major safety upgrade will future-proof automated rail crossings on the Gippsland line, with the installation spanning 110km of track.
“The Victorian Coalition Government has invested a total of $28 million on new infrastructure on the Gippsland line over the past four years, this is in addition to the millions spent on maintenance of the line.
“We have kept our promise to the community to deliver these enhanced safety systems and will continue to prioritise safety on the rail network,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Bull said the axle counters would trigger new automated crossings with flashing lights, warning bells or boom gates.
“The axle counters detect the number of wheels on a train approaching a level crossing and compares that with the number of wheels when the train passes through the crossing,” Mr Bull said.
Mr Bull said in addition to the $8.3 million works program, automated level crossing ugrades will be undertaken at Myrtle Bank Road, Sale, Flynns Creek Road, Rosedale, and Upper Flynns Creek Road Traralgon.
“As part of the Princes Highway duplication, the Coalition Government will install traffic lights and a roundabout at Minniedale Road near Traralgon with the works to be integrated with improvements to the train line,” Mr Bull said.
“The Minniedale Road level crossing will be upgraded and fitted with axle counters, further boosting safety for rail users, motorists and pedestrians.”
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said axle counters would improve rail safety and reliability on the Gippsland line.
“Thanks to this investment, we will not have a repeat of the situation where corrosion affected the reliability of level crossing warning systems and required the closure of the Gippsland line for months,” Mr Chester said.
“The temporary closure reinforced the importance of the ‘Gippslander’ services east of Traralgon and I’m delighted the Victorian Government has taken further steps to reduce disruptions on the Gippsland line.”
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