Boom gates and flashing lights have been installed at the Sandys Lane level crossing in Gnotuk, boosting safety for passengers at the intersection.
Sandys Lane, now fitted with warning lights, bells and booms, is the second crossing upgraded as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $50 million Safer Country Crossing Program, after work at Phalps Road in Pirron Yallock was completed last month.
Electrical power was installed at the remote site before the engineering and signalling works and the level crossing equipment installation took place. V/Line completed the works and also worked with Corangamite Shire Council to asphalt the road at the crossing.
Thirteen road crossings and five pedestrian crossings will be upgraded this financial year as part of the program. Preliminary designs for all these sites have been completed and work is currently underway to upgrade the Tragowel Road, Tragowel level crossing in northern Victoria.
The Safer Country Crossings Program will improve safety on the regional transport network, but the consequences of being reckless around train tracks and level crossings can be fatal.
The Government urges all Victorians to always obey the warning signs at level crossings and take care around trains.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“The safety of passengers is always our first priority.”
“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.”
“We are asking pedestrians and motorists to respect all warning signs and to never cross the tracks when a train is approaching.”