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RAILWAY warning lights should be installed at a controversial level crossing near Hamilton's mineral sands separation plant by Christmas.
The decision comes after 200 workers constructing the Iluka plant went on strike last week after a mini-bus carrying 10 people almost collided with a passing freight train at the crossing.
A commitment to install the warning lights was made by Iluka Resources at a meeting on Friday with unions, Roche Mining, the company constructing the plant, WorkSafe, VicTrack and Southern Grampians Shire representatives.
Iluka Resources has fast-tracked the lights after it was revealed a condition of the company's planning permit was to install lights at the Burgins Road level crossing when the plant became operational next year.
Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union south-west region organiser Colin Stewart welcomed Iluka's decision. "Normally what happens when we take action we are branded as ratbags and we don't go on strike unless it's absolutely necessary.
"Unfortunately, it has been a process which has been around 100 years and we have achieved what we set out to do in the last week."
Mr Stewart said the representatives at the meeting also discussed taking about a foot of dirt from a bank on the side of the track to improve visibility.
Iluka Resources Murray Basin general manager Peter Beilby described the meeting as successful. The company had budgeted for the lights and hoped they would be operational by the end of the year.
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