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Worst level crossings revealed by TRACKsafe

A new list of Australia's worst level crossings has put safety around trains in the spotlight.
A new list of Australia's worst level crossings has put safety around trains in the spotlight.

RAIL safety organisation TrackSAFE has come up with it's list of the top ten worst level crossings in each state of Australia.

They have even written to state and federal transport ministers asking for increased funding to upgrade the "dangerous level crossings".

It is also a timely reminder for all drivers to be a bit more careful around train tracks and crossings.

There are around 70 collisions annually at level crossings where road users fail to obey the road rules and 35 deaths every year resulting from level crossing and trespass incidents.

"It is the train drivers who go over the same stretch of track day in, day out, over many years who know where the most risky level crossings are", TrackSAFE Director and Australasian Railway Association (ARA) CEO Bryan Nye said.

"Train drivers have important knowledge on this issue which must inform the discussion. There are thousands of near collisions at level crossings each year; each one of these is just seconds away from becoming potentially catastrophic", he said.

"Most train drivers will witness a fatality, incident or near collision on the network in the course of their careers, too many will never be able to return to work", Bob Nanva, TrackSAFE board member and National Secretary of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union said.

"The best way of avoiding crashes between cars and trains is to get rid of level crossings. Governments must commit to prioritising the replacement of level crossing with bridges or underpasses on busy roads," TrackSAFE Board member and Australian Automobile Association Executive Director, Andrew McKellar said.

New South Wales

Tynan Rd, Table Top

Taylors Rd, Culcairn

Benambra Rd, Culcairn

Hermitage Rd level crossing, Belford

Sheepwash Rd, Calwalla, Glenquarry

Lake Bathurst level crossing (near Canberra)

Cemetery Lane, Singleton

Old Port Rd, Port Kembla

Station Lane, Lochinvar

Glennies Creek Rd, Glennies Creek

Victoria

Cherry Street, Werribee

Grange Rd, Carnegie

Main Rd, St Albans

South Gippsland Hwy, Dandenong South

Aerodrome Rd, Avenel

Ashby St, Trafalgar

Fitzgerald Rd, Ardeer

Dock Link Rd, West Melbourne

Grahamvale Rd and Northey Rd level crossing, Shepparton

Eighth St level crossing, Mildura

Queensland

Ardurad Rd, Blackwater

Normanby St, Dingo

Aerodrome Rd, Mundoo

Station Rd, Bethania

Boundary Rd, Coopers Plains

Beaudesert Rd, Rocklea

South Pine Rd, Alderley

Auckland St, Gladstone

Malchi Rd, Gracemere

Braeside Rd, Oxford

South Australia

Pym St, Dudley Park

Railway Tce, Coonalpyn

Main North Rd, Winninowie

Port Flinders Causeway, Port Pirie

Monteith level crossing, West Tailem Bend

Barrier Hwy, Ucolta

Park Tce, Bowden

Park Tce, Salisbury

South Rd, Croydon

Torrens Rd, Ovingham

Western Australia

McIver level crossing, Perth

Prinsep St, Collie

Henty Rd, Burekup

Mason Rd, Kwinana

Dorothy St, Gosnells

Nicholson Rd, Canning Vale

Yarri Rd level crossing at Kalgoorlie, Parkeston

Mint St/ Archer St, Carlisle

Queens Park Stn North, Queens Park

Oats St level crossing

Tasmania

Midlands Hwy, Conara

Elwick Rd - near KGV Ave roundabout, Glenorchy

Grove Rd - between Innes St and McKay Ave, Glenorchy

Riverway Rd - between Main Rd and Herbert St, Glenorchy

Wilmores Lane - off Bishopbourne Rd, Toiberry

Mole Creek Rd - intersection Lemana Rd, Lemana Jct

William St - intersection James St, Devonport

Reiby St - near Alexandra Rd roundabout, East Ulverstone

Derwent Park Rd - between Main Rd and Sunderland St, Derwent Park

Esk Main Rd, Ormley

 

 

Topics:  level crossings

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