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Safety fences will be installed along the Ballarat rail line to protect people, as well as reduce traumatic incidents for train staff.
As part of a state government infrastructure push, up to 85 kilometres of fencing will be installed on the Ballarat and Bendigo lines, with more promised across the state.
According to a media release, the works will focus on corridors across the metropolitan and regional networks where there is a history of safety, trespassing or vandalism incidents as well as animal strikes.
The $10 million statewide project will be a step towards protecting train drivers and other staff, as well as increasing reliability.
The state government has also committed to a project with Lifeline and TrackSAFE to encourage commuters to reach out for help if they need it - geo-targetted social media messaging and links to outreach and mental health support organisations will be distributed as part of the Pause. Call. Be Heard. campaign.
Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll said in a statement "these new fences will reduce damage to rail infrastructure and prevent delays to our train network - but above all, these important safety upgrades will save lives".
There have been several incidents involving pedestrians and trains in Ballarat in the past few years, some of them sadly fatal.
This article first appeared on www.thecourier.com.au
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