The Victorian Coalition Government’s $47m Fix Country Crossings Program has reached a major milestone with completion of the 50th level crossing upgrade.
Minister for public transport Terry Mulder said with boom barriers now installed at the Aerodrome Road level crossing, Avenel, on the Seymour to Tocumwal rail line, the program has delivered an extra 50 safety upgrades, at Victorian country rail crossings.
“Victorian Coalition Government upgrades have delivered improved safer level crossings across Victoria from Bendigo to Swan Hill and Echuca, Seymour to Shepparton, Geelong to Warrnambool and Traralgon to Bairnsdale,” Mulder said.
“We now have up to 50 level crossings completed. A further 10 will be completed this year, taking the total to 60. Next year works will be carried out to achieve the total of 75 over the four-year program.”
National safety organisation TrackSAFE has welcomed the completion of the 50th level crossing upgrade, with Aerodrome Road level crossing listed last year by train drivers as one of the top 10 worst level crossings in the state.
“I am very pleased and relieved to hear that Aerodrome Road has been upgraded as this is a level crossing that has had many near collisions and is one of most concern amongst train drivers,” TrackSAFE board director and ARA chief executive Bryan Nye said.
In 2013, TrackSAFe went out to train drivers to ask them which level crossings they thought were the worst in each state. Most level crossings made it onto the list due to records of near collisions, heavy vehicle frequency and sighting distance.