Despite both former Minister Mulder and V/Line informing that the Echuca level crossing upgrade program is finally complete after a year late inspection just prior to Christmas reveals it is not .
1. Whirakee Rd at Huntly the solar installation claimed as commissioned as bb in August, 2014 is still not operable.
2. VLP claim there are 11 crossings still with flashing lights between Bendigo & Echuca when in fact there are only 5 - 6 .
VLP claim a high number of unprotected crossings still when in fact it is 2 - 3.
3. Frangible gates at two locations which are supposed to be locked across the roadway were found to be chained and locked open to road traffic just before Christmas.
Clearly when VLP sought funds in 2011 to upgrade the lx protection to achieve a 100kmh linespeed they had a plan to fit 13 crossings with improved protection, close some crossings, and install the frangible gates at some crossings. A total 15 crossings have received booms albeit Whirakee Rd is still to be commissioned . So VLP need a rocket from the new Minister to get cracking and get Whirakee Rd commissioned, close the frangible gates and raise the line speed to 100kmh .
It is a damning endightment on Minister Mulder that he was not more pro-active in getting VLP to deliver as promised and funded, and of course on VLP who after 15 months late are still mucking around on bringing this project to completion and increasing the line speed as promised .