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POLITICIANS are at odds on whether a solution to the dangerous Lindum rail crossing will ever come to fruition.
The crossing has been an unresolved issue since 2007 with all levels of government continuing to battle each other to find a solution, especially after the State Government recently committed $800,000 to a study on whether an overpass was the best solution for a similar crossing at Coopers Plains.
Labor Councillor for Wynnum Manly Peter Cumming said the issue of the Lindum rail crossing was taken off the agenda by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk at a recent Brisbane City Council meeting.
“This is very disappointing because it’s been such a big issue in the area for such a long time,” he said.
“The council put 50 per cent of funds towards two projects on the northside between 2012 and 2016, so why can’t this project get any funding?”
A Brisbane City Council spokesman said the Lindum rail crossing was not off the agenda.
“Council stands ready to support an upgrade at Lindum Rd with a 15 per cent contribution,” he said.
“Rail replacements have traditionally always been funded with a 15 per cent contribution from Brisbane City Council.
“The State Government has not said what their order of priority for more than 40 State rail crossings that exist across the Brisbane road network, however the funding of more than $1.1 million to two specific rail crossings indicates the Lindum open crossing is not a priority for them.”
A train passes through the notorious Lindum rail crossing.Federal LNP Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said the investment into the Coopers Plains crossing was a “kick in the teeth” for the people in his electorate.
“I had to make a meeting with (State Labor Member for Lytton) Joan Pease and officially write her a letter for her to even approach this subject with the QLD State Government Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey,” he said.
“I have made it clear that Lindum needs to be addressed immediately however Joan and Mark Bailey are too preoccupied with the ghosts of government’s passed.”
“This investment in the Coopers Plains crossing is a kick in the teeth for the people of Bonner and it just goes to show that Joan isn’t willing to go into bat for the thousands of locals that fear for their safety each and every day at this crossing.”
“Despite the lack of action we’re seeing from Labor I will continue to fight for the families of Bonner and I won’t stop until there is a solution.”
But Ms Pease said an upgrade to the Lindum rail crossing was something she had pushed for since being elected in 2015.
“I’m not sure why the Coopers Plains crossing received this funding, that’s up to Transport and Main Roads and each crossing is different,” she said.
“However, this is something I have been fighting for in parliament and will continue to do so.”
Minster for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said Ms Pease continued to work hard to find a solution.
“I will continue to work with Joan and the other stakeholders to find a way forward at the earliest opportunity,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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