Is this deadly Brisbane railway crossing near you
The State’s peak motoring body has called on all tiers of government to urgently commit funding to vital open level crossing upgrades which would save lives and reduce commuter chaos.
Courier Mail reported 5,000 residents had signed a petition calling for upgrades to the open level crossing at the Lindum Railway Station where trains on the busy Cleveland line crossed paths with peak hour commuters, trucks, school buses and parents dropping children off at a nearby school.
RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the crossing, at Wynnum West, was one of many which caused headaches for commuters and posed serious safety risks.
“We’ve been campaigning for funding for an open level crossing upgrade program for years because it’d significantly improve safety at crossings like this one – and those at Boundary Road, Coopers Plains and Warrigal Road, Runcorn,” Ms Ross said.
“Not only will this funding deliver safety improvements for everyone, it’ll significantly reduce delays and congestion for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.”
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge recently visited the Wynnum West crossing and said while it was clear the site was in need of redevelopment the Federal Government’s new $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund was not enough to solve the problem.
“Typically, most of the projects the Urban Congestion Fund will be funding will be more in the $5 million to $10 million range whereas this is more likely to be a couple of hundred million dollars to fix,” Mr Tudge said.
Ms Ross said this further reinforced the need for the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to join forces with the Federal Government and stump up the funds.
“All levels of government must invest now before these risky level crossings claim a life.”