While Victoria is working to remove many of its level crossings, it’s also working to make those it’s not removing safer.
Victorian minister for transport Jacinta Allan on Thursday announced the completion of a $554,000 project to insall boom gates at the level crossing on the Bendigo to Echuca rail line at the Midland Highway.
Allan said the upgrade will help control movement of cars and heavy vehicles as they pass through the crossing.
“There have been a number of near misses at this crossing in recent years,” Allan said. “It needed to be upgraded.
“The new boom gates will increase the awareness of motorists, improving their safety and the safety of local residents and rail passengers.
“The Andrews Labor Government is removing or improving level crossings across Victoria, to make our road and rail network safer.”
She said the local Bagshot community is now safer for the boom gates, which will reduce the risk of collisions, fatalities and injuries for local residents, road users and train passengers.
There have been a number of near misses between trains and vehicles at this specific level crossing over the last five years, the State Government said.