Warrnambool Line Level Crossings Upgraded

Warrnambool Line Level Crossings Upgraded

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

Warrnambool Crossings Upgraded

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Warrnambool passengers will get safer, more reliable train services following upgrades to 22 level crossings along the line.

“We’ve improved the journey times for Warrnambool line passengers, but most importantly we’ve made their train journey safer by upgrading 22 level crossings along the line.” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.

“After the horrific crash at Pirron Yallock we said we’d make these crossings safer and we’ve got it done.”

Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced the completion of the level crossing upgrades part of the $50 Million Safer Country Crossings Program and an additional $10 Million package of works announced early this year.

Upgrades will improve journey times for local passengers by allowing temporary speed restrictions to be lifted. The restrictions were put in place in October 2016 after a truck hit a train at Phalps Road in Pirron Yallock.

22 level crossings between Geelong and Warrnambool now have boom gates, bells, flashing lights and axle counters boosting safety for passengers, train crew and approaching motorists.

10 crossings were earmarked for upgrades as part of the Safer Country Crossings Program, and a further 12 were added to the list, with the work fast-tracked to boost safety sooner.

“I thank passengers for their patience as we made it safer for locals, passengers and motorists and continue to make our trains more reliable.” Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney said.

Removal of the temporary speed restrictions will mean further improved journey time, which will be reflected in a new timetable being introduced on Sunday 28 January.

Safety boost builds on the 12 new services on the Warrnambool line added earlier in the year the first new services in more than a decade and the 30 new semi-express services introduced in August, which run express through most stations between Geelong and Melbourne.

Warrnambool Line Upgrade will deliver safer and more reliable journeys and pave the way for VLocity trains to run to Warrnambool.