The announcement by the Andrews Government that all nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong will be removed in a $1.6 billion project has been welcomed by harm prevention charity, the TrackSAFE Foundation.
“With around 130 pedestrian level crossing incidents causing death or serious injury every year and an additional 20 collisions with vehicles, the physical removal of these crossings greatly assists the efforts of the industry in saving lives,” said Naomi Frauenfelder, Executive Director TrackSAFE Foundation.
“Any move to separate pedestrians and vehicles from crossing live railways is a good one. In Australia we are witnessing a situation where every third day someone has either lost their life or become seriously injured as a result of being somewhere they shouldn’t be.
“When a near hit, collision, incident or fatality occurs on the rail network, this can lead to severe and lasting trauma for train drivers, track workers, station staff and the community.
“The TrackSAFE Foundation prioritises level crossing safety in the hope to avoid tragic situations occurring on our railways. The Victorian Premier has taken a proactive step in the right direction by removing nine, notoriously dangerous, level crossings, and addressing this issue of public safety,” said Ms Frauenfelder.