Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
Level Crossing Upgrades To Restore Warrnambool Timetable
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government will upgrade 20 level crossings on the Warrnambool line this year to improve safety and restore services to timetable.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan revealed the $10 Million package of works today, which will allow speed restrictions put in place after the horrific crash at Pirron Yallock last year to be lifted.
Over the next 10 months, the State Government will install lights, bells and boom gates at 20 high-risk level crossings between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool.
“The level crossing upgrades will improve safety, remove speed restrictions and restore services to timetable.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.
“It’s the biggest investment in the level crossing upgrades ever seen on the Warrnambool line and follows the 12 new train services we introduced last month the first new services for Warrnambool in more than a decade.”
Andrews Government’s Safer Country Crossings program has already upgraded three level crossings on the Warrnambool line at Phalps Road in Pirron Yallock, Flaxmill Road in Colac and Sandys Lane in Gnotuk.
A further 8 crossings earmarked as part of the program will be fast tracked and 12 addition crossings will be upgraded, enabling trains to run safely on-time again by the end of the year.
“These speed restrictions are in place for people’s safety but I know the delays have been frustrating for local passengers. We hear you and we are acting.” Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said.
While these works are undertaken, Warrnambool services will continue to be delayed and passengers will need to allow an extra 15-20 minutes for their journey.
Warrnambool Line Crossings That Will Be Upgraded In 2017
- Back Larpent Road, Larpent,
- Wiridgil Lane, Weerite,
- Ondit Road, Winchelsea,
- Austin Street, Winchelsea,
- Station Street, Panmure,
- Vickers Road, Panmure,
- Hallowells Road, Cudgee,
- Rowans Lane, Warrnambool,
- School Road, Garvoc,
- Coombs Road, Terang,
- Harris Lane (Pekins Lane), Terang,
- Cameron Road, Terang,
- Carters Road, Pomborneit,
- Craigs Lane, Pomborneit,
- Powers Lane, Birregurra,
- Whytcross Road, Birregurra,
- Prices Lane, Armytage,
- Roberstons Road, Winchelsea,
- Mount Pollock Road, Buckley,
- Willowite Road, Pettavel.