Safety improvements for rail level crossings
The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport
Regional Development and Local Government
Leader of the House
Member for Grayndler
May 16 2010
High risk rail level crossings at Lillico Road in Lillico and at Clarendon Station Road near Evandale are safer with work complete, adding new flashing crossing warning lights to existing signs.
These $710,000 safety improvements are the first two Tasmanian level crossings to be delivered with funding coming from the Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan and with work undertaken by the Tasmanian Government.
Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, said that tragically there were approximately 100 accidents that occurred at rail crossings across Australia every year.
“In Tasmania last year alone there were two incidents at level crossings, but fortunately none resulted in serious injuries,” Mr Albanese said.
“Crashes at level crossings affect not only drivers and passengers, but also take a serious toll on train drivers, the efficiency of our rail networks, and the broader community.
“All up, we are providing $3.96 million to upgrade safety around 13 high risk rail level crossings in Tasmania.
“Never before has there been a federal program dedicated to preventing accidents at level crossings, and at the same time supporting local jobs and local economies.
“Nationally, our $150 million Boom Gates for Rail Crossings Program is funding the installation of boom gates and other safety measures at over 290 level crossings,” he said.
Lara Giddings, Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure, said the Tasmanian Government and Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd formulated a priority list of high risk level crossing sites to be targeted for active safety improvements.
“Importantly, we are already getting on with work at another three crossings on the West Coast Wilderness Railway and the Ida Bay Railway.
“Eight other sites will receive safety upgrades, with active advance warning lights in the coming weeks,” she said.
The full list of Tasmanian rail crossing safety works follows.
BOOM GATES FOR RAIL CROSSINGS PROGRAM
|Tasmanian Projects||New Active Protection measures|
|Midland Highway, Conara||Install active advance warning system|
|Lillico Road, Lillico||Install flashing lights|
|Clarendon Station Road, Evandale||Install flashing lights|
|Evandale Main Road, Evandale (Main Line)||Install active advance warning system|
|Evandale Main Road, Evandale (Western Line)||Install active advance warning system|
|Drummond Street, Perth||Install active advance warning system|
|Mudwalls Road, Colebrook||Install active advance warning system|
|Esplanade, Queenstown||Install flashing lights|
|Selby Street, Queenstown||Install flashing lights|
|Lune River Road, Ida Bay||Install flashing lights|
|Esk Main Road, Avoca (east)||Install active advance warning system|
|Esk Main Road, Avoca (west)||Install active advance warning system|
|Esk Main Road, Ormley||Install active advance warning system|
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.