• 50 major upgrades under the Fix Country Crossings Program
• Improving regional road and rail safety
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced six local rail crossings had been upgraded to improve motorist and passenger safety.
Mr Ryan said the works had been undertaken through the Victorian Coalition Government’s $47 million Fix Country Crossings Program, which had seen major upgrades at 50 level crossings in regional and rural Victoria.
“The completion of these local works mark a significant milestone for the Fix Country Crossings Program, which is designed to improve the safety of the state’s railway network for regional road and rail users,” Mr Ryan said.
“The installation of boom gates and flashing lights has increased the visibility of the crossing to approaching motorists which has reduced the likelihood of a train and vehicle collision.”
Mr Ryan said major safety upgrades had been completed at the following six local level crossings:
• Wrights Lane, Flynn; Flashing lights and boom gates have been installed;
• Sale-Cowarr Road, Fulham; Boom gates have been installed to work with the flashing lights;
• Velore Road, Kilmany; Flashing lights and boom gates have been installed;
• Longford Road, Rosedale; Boom gates have been installed to work with the flashing lights;
• Willung Road, Rosedale; Boom gates have been installed to work with the flashing lights; and
• Hunt Place, Wurruk; Boom gates have been installed to work with the flashing lights.
Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was building a better Victoria and delivering transport improvements that made a real difference to motorist and rail users within the community.
Minister for Public Transport and Roads Terry Mulder said installing boom barrier protection resulted in safer level crossings for country Victorians.
“With frequent V/line trains using the line, motorists will have improved safety at these Gippsland crossings, and that is what this investment delivers,” Mr Mulder said.
“As well as a safety boost across country Victoria, the program has been an economic boom for regional Victoria.
“The program relies on a skilled workforce with each level crossing upgrade requiring many skilled hands to deliver the safety improvements.”
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