Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
Phalps Road Level Crossing Upgraded
Victor P Taffa
Boom gates and flashing lights have been installed at Phalps Road level crossing in Pirron Yallock, boosting safety for passengers and drivers at the intersection.
Phalps Road crossing, the site of an incident in July when a semi-trailer collided with a train is now fitted with warning lights, bells and booms, and transformed from STOP signs to a fully protected active crossing.
“The safety of passengers is always our first priority.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.
“We need to do all we can to help ensure every person who drives through this crossing can do so safely that’s why this upgrade is so important.”
Electrical power was installed at the remote site before the engineering and signalling works and the level crossing equipment installation took place.
More than 20 V/Line staff and contractors worked on the project to help make the crossing safer for motorists, V/Line train customers and staff.
The Phalps Road upgrade is part of the Andrews Government’s $50 Million Safer Country Crossing Program, boosting safety at 52 priority roads and level crossings which carry high speed passenger trains or a high number of heavy vehicles.
13 road crossings and 5 pedestrian crossings will be upgraded this financial year as part of the program.
Work is currently underway to upgrade the Sandys Lane, Gnotuk crossing in western Victoria and the Tragowel Road, Tragowel upgrade in northern Victoria is on track to begin in September. Both projects are being delivered by V/Line.
“Just yesterday, a V/Line train driver reported a near hit with a truck at Phalps Road. The driver ignored the warning signs and drove around the active boom gates.” Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said.
“We are asking pedestrians and motorists to respect all warning signs and to never cross the tracks when a train is approaching.”
In the midst of Rail Safety Week and the completion of this important upgrade, the Government is urging people to remain vigilant and take extra care around trains and level crossings.