Over the coming fortnight work will start installing boom gates and other safety measures at a further two priority level rail crossings in NSW, with funding coming from the Rudd Labor Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan.
At the following locations ‘Give Way’ signs will be replaced with lights and boom gates:
- Fitzroy Tungenbone Road, Spring Ridge; and
- Black Stump Way, Connemarra (Near Gunnedah).
The projects will be delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).
All up, we’ve allocated $42.7 million from our Boom Gates for Rail Crossings Program to upgrade safety around 55 high risk level crossings in NSW.
Already boom gates and other safety measures have been installed at three level crossings across the State.
Tragically, about 100 accidents occur at rail crossings every year. Between July 2007 and June 2008, there were seven level crossing collisions in NSW, with one resulting in a fatality.
Never before has the Federal Government had a program dedicated to improving safety and preventing accidents at level crossings. This investment will not only improve road safety but also support local jobs and local businesses during the current global recession.
Nationally, our $150 million Boom Gates for Rail Crossings Program will fund the installation of boom gates and other safety measures at 292 level crossings.