Jun 2, 2009

First level crossing upgrades completed in Victoria

First level crossing upgrades completed in Victoria

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 02 2009

Sixteen of the 59 level crossing upgrades funded in Victoria under the Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Stimulus Package have now been completed.

In just three months boom gates and flashing lights have been installed at sixteen high-risk level crossings across Victoria, with a further four projects likely to be completed by the end of the month.

I congratulate the Victorian Government for moving so quickly to put Federal stimulus money to work improving the safety of our road and rail networks.

Last year alone there were 28 collisions at level crossings in Victoria, nine resulting in fatalities and five involving serious injuries.

The investment is also supporting local jobs and local businesses during the current global recession.

The completed projects include:

 Location  Upgrade Description
 Marong Rd (Allies Road),  Eaglehawk  Boom Gates
 Loddon Valley Hwy, Myers Flat  Boom Gates and Active Advanced Warning Signs
 Wire La, Camperdown  Flashing Lights
 Boorcan Rd, Boorcan  Flashing Lights
 Glenelg Hwy, Westmere  Boom Gates and Active Advanced Warning Signs
 Rossbridge – Streatham Rd, Mininera  Boom Gates
 Stawell – Deep Lead Rd, Deep Lead  Boom Gates and Active Advanced Warning Signs
 Glenorchy Rd, Deep Lead  Boom Gates
 Draffins Rd, Cardigan  Flashing Lights
 Powells Rd, Windermere  Flashing Lights
 Finnegan Rd, Beaufort  Passive to Flashing Lights
 Old Shirley Rd, Eurambeen  Passive to Flashing Lights 
 Gravel Route Rd, Buangor  Flashing Lights
 Murchison-Violet Town Rd, Murchison East  Boom Gates and Active Advanced Warning Signs
 Farmers St North, Kaniva  Boom Gates
 Madden St North, Kaniva  Boom Gates

The following projects are nearing completion:

 Location  Upgrade Description
 Reserve Rd, Grovedale  Boom Gates
 Upper Flynns Creek Rd, Flynn  Flashing Lights
 Barrs La, Flynn  Flashing Lights
 Settlement Rd, Kilmany  Flashing Lights

 

Our $150 million Boom Gates for Rail Crossings Program will see boom gates and other safety measures installed at 292 high risk level crossings around the country.