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After years of accidents and near-misses at the Lindum rail crossing Wynnum West residents are calling for a fix.
Two people, who have seen the danger and chaos first-hand, are workers from a Lytton manufacturing firm, Bronwyn Brown and Chris Chandler.
“We’ve had a few people at work coming through and they’ve had accidents on that corner, and actually on the railway line. That’s scary,” Mrs Brown said.
“You pretty much always see impatient drivers ... personally I know of six or seven people who have had accidents here.”
Mrs Brown said it was “definitely” a matter of time before there was a serious accident at the crossing.
Mr Chandler echoed those sentiments.
“You would hope not but yeah it probably is (only a matter of time),” he said.
Mr Chandler said it had reached the point where he would take a different route in his daily travels so he could avoid the crossing, even if it took him longer.
“It’s consistent,” Mr Chandler said.
“If you come here you might be lucky and get through pretty quick but if you get stuck behind a train, sometimes it can take a while to get through.
“You’ll have people turning right from North Rd in front of you, even though you’ve got right of way turning left.”
Statistics provided by Queensland Rail showed there were 13 near misses between trains and vehicles at the crossing between 2013 and 2017.
There were also 18 near misses between trains and pedestrians from 2013 to 2017, according to the statistics.
“You need to take the traffic away (from the corner of Kianawah and Sibley Rd),” Mrs Brown said.
“The majority of the traffic is going to either the Gateway (Motorway) or Lytton Rd because there’s lots of industry down there so if you can bypass this corner (for) all of the traffic going in that direction, that would free up North Rd to get to Iona College or for local traffic,” she said.
Kylie Graham is a hair stylist at Hush Hair Design, which is located on Sibley Rd and she said the rail crossing and intersection was a hot topic of conversation.
“There are near misses there and traffic for days,” Miss Graham said.
“I think it’s only a matter of time before a serious accident there.”
Another store owner in the complex, who did not want to be named, said customers also mentioned the intersection to them.
Ross Vasta admits community support has surprised him
COMMUNITY support for the “Fix Lindum Crossing” petition has even surprised Federal LNP MP for Bonner Ross Vasta. He launched the petition in late October and said he was overwhelmed by the community’s backing as more than 4000 signatures have been added.
“I didn’t expect it to be that overwhelming and that’s a great response,” Mr Vasta said.
“(There are a lot of people) who have experienced first-hand the havoc that is played out especially when the coal trains and the passenger trains come through here and people get a little bit frustrated and they take chances.”
Mr Vasta said it frustrated him that overpasses had been installed at other locations such as Bracken Ridge while the Lindum rail crossing had remained the same.
“I think the various levels of government ... have got to come together and fix this once and for all. It’s a recipe for disaster and the last thing we want is a fatality while we wait for this to be fixed,” Mr Vasta said.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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