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The Coalition Government has completed the installation of boom barriers to improve safety at the Dwarroon Road, Cudgee level crossing, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said today.
Mr Mulder said the level crossing was upgraded at a cost of $347,000 under the Coalition Government's ongoing level crossing upgrade program.
"The crossing was upgraded with boom barriers adding to the previous flashing lights and warning bells, significantly improving safety for people who use the crossings," Dr Mulder said. Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine said that he was pleased with the extra safety offered by boom barriers at the Cudgee crossing.
"Secondary school buses, parents taking children to the local primary school, milk tankers and other heavy vehicles use the Dwarroon Road level crossing so improving safety was vital," Mr Napthine said. "The Coalition Government through VicTrack previously upgraded the Cudgee pedestrian crossing in November 2011, so it is good to see the level crossing receiving substantial attention."
Mr Mulder said that there were 40 V/Line passenger trains and 10 Pacific National freight trains through the Cudgee level crossing every week, as well as occasional works trains.
"This ongoing level crossing program is in addition to the Coalition Government's new $47 million Fix Country Crossings program that will improve safety at up to 75 country level crossings. Both programs are a vital part of the Coalition Government's aim to accelerate improved level crossing safety across Victoria," Mr Mulder said.
"It is important that Victorians continue to take care at all level crossings, whether or not crossings have give way or stop signs, or flashing lights with or without boom barriers." Dr Napthine said that further safety upgrades were planned for Aitkin Road, Mahoneys Road and Tip Crossing (Flume) in Warrnambool, with all three expected to be completed by December 2012.
Further Information about level crossing upgrades is at http://www.transport.vic.gov.au
This article first appeared on www.premier.vic.gov.au
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