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The biggest boost to rail safety in Shepparton in decades is now complete with the completion of a major rail signalling system and crossing safety project, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said today.
Mr Mulder said the final stage of the $7 million project involved the commissioning of two active pedestrian crossing upgrades at High Street, Shepparton. "The commissioning of the High Street pedestrian crossing upgrades marks the completion of major signalling and rail crossing works," Mr Mulder said.
The project involved the upgrading of seven local level crossings, six DDA compliant pedestrian crossings, two active pedestrian crossings and Shepparton's rail signals. Mr Mulder said that the new signalling system was the biggest upgrade since the steam era ceased for regular freight and passenger trains in the 1960s.
"The new computer based interlocking brings train control at Shepparton into the 21st century."
Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell welcomed the completion of the level and pedestrian crossing upgrades and the improved safety at local level and pedestrian crossings of the Shepparton rail line.
"The new signalling system can be expanded in the future to accommodate rail improvements between Seymour and Shepparton," Mrs Powell said.
"It's good that automatic gates have been installed at the High Street, Shepparton pedestrian crossings. The upgrading of rail crossings throughout Shepparton improves safety for both motorists and pedestrians."
Mr Mulder said that the upgrade of the Shepparton signalling system and level crossings was funded under the existing level and pedestrian crossing upgrade program and the new Fix Country Level Crossing Upgrade Program.
"The Coalition made a pre-election commitment to fix up to 75 country level crossings. It is great that Shepparton has been included. It is important that all Victorians continue to take care at all level crossings, irrespective as to whether the crossing has give way or stop signs, or flashing lights with or without boom barriers," Mr Mulder said.
This article first appeared on www.premier.vic.gov.au
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