Three of Benalla’s level crossings have been upgraded as part of the state government’s Safer Country Crossings (SCC) program, but the troublesome Arundel St crossing is not one.
Level crossings at Faithfull St, Cemetery Rd and Caroll Rd are among 40 in Victoria to already be upgraded.
Across the state another 43 have been earmarked for upgrades as part of the program.
However, the increasingly dangerous Arundel St crossing has not made the cut, as these upgrades are to address passive level crossings without lights and barriers.
There are still separate plans to address the issues at Arundel St in March, however, as reported in The Ensign last month, State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has contacted the ARTC to see if that can be brought forward.
The $50million SCC program is now more than half complete, with another 10 crossings slated for upgrades before the end of the year.
So far $27million worth of safety upgrades have been delivered to boost safety at 32 road crossings, in addition to eight upgraded pedestrian crossings.
The upgrades provide better warning of trains approaching level crossings, with motorists no longer having to rely on their own line of sight to know whether it is safe to cross.
They have also improved safety for passengers and staff on board V/Line trains passing through the crossings, providing a further boost to safety for regional rail travel.
Upgrades to pedestrian crossings have provided automatic gates and emergency exits to keep pedestrians away from the track when a train is approaching.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the initiative aimed to improve safety at 77 country crossings throughout regional Victoria.
‘‘With 40 crossings complete and the remainder to be finished by the end of the year, we’re delivering vital safety upgrades for regional motorists, pedestrians and passengers ahead of schedule,’’ Ms Allan said.
‘‘We’re upgrading every regional rail line, removing dangerous level crossings (and) building better stations to get Victorians home safer and sooner.’’
The state government is also investing $10million to upgrade a further 12 crossings along the Warrnambool line, with six upgrades already complete and the remainder expected to be delivered by the end of the year.