Minister Announces Contractor For Country Railway Level Crossing Upgrades

Minister Announces Contractor For Country Railway Level Crossing Upgrades

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

Work To Start On 14 Country Crossing Upgrades

Victor P Taffa

Work will start on 14 country rail crossings in North Eastern and Central Victoria to make them safer for motorists, passengers and local communities.

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced today that Active Railway Signalling Pty Ltd (ARS) has been awarded the contract to deliver the $8.2 Million in critical safety upgrades.

“We’re upgrading these road and pedestrian crossings to improve safety for motorists, passengers and local communities in Central and Central Victoria.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

“Work on each of the 14 crossings will start immediately and be finished by mid-next year, we’re getting it done.”

As part of the works, boom gates and flashing lights will be installed at 10 road crossings on the Seymour corridor and North East line:

  • Racecourse Road, Chiltern
  • Gravel Pit Road, Wangaratta
  • Cemetery Road, Benalla
  • Carroll Road, Benalla
  • Palmerston Street, Baddaginnie
  • Mahers Road, Violet Town
  • Angle Road, Euroa
  • Locksley Road, Locksley-Nagambie
  • Beveridge Station Lane, Beveridge
  • Rutherglen-Springhurst Road (Cannings Crossing), Springhurst

“4 pedestrian crossings will also be upgraded, 2 in Broadford and 2 in Donnybrook. They will be upgraded with automatic gates that close when a train is approaching and won’t open until it is safe to cross.” Ms. Allan said.

Emergency exit gates with electromagnetic latches will also be installed, to ensure people can get off the tracks if they get caught between the automatic gates when they close.

VIC MInister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

VIC MInister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“These vital upgrades will make northern Victoria safer and reduce the risk of accidents along the north east line.” Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said.

The upgrades are part of the Andrews Government’s $50 Million Safer Country Crossings Program which will upgrade 52 road and 25 pedestrian crossings around Victoria.

The program has already delivered crucial safety upgrades at the Phalps Road, Tragowel Road and Sandy’s Lane level crossings, as well as the Kilmore East pedestrian crossing.

“This critical investment will upgrade and make safer the level crossing on Beveridge Station Lane and two pedestrian crossings on Donnybook Road, which is so important with the growing population in these communities.” Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said.

The 14 crossings in this package of works will be managed by VicTrack, and will be complete mid-next year.