Regional Rail Level Crossing Removal Regional and Rural Development

Letter to the Editor ($20m for country level crossings)

11 August 2016


Dear Editor,

There is no doubt level crossings are a problem for all of Victoria, but under Daniel Andrews and his city-centric Labor government only metropolitan Melbourne is worth fixing.

Not one of the fifty level crossings deemed among Victoria’s most dangerous and congested by Daniel Andrews’ flagship level crossing removal project is located outside Greater Melbourne. Labor scrambled to fix this ignorance with the announcement of the Safer Country Crossings Program but, to date, they have dodged questions on what progress – if any – has been made.

Unlike Labor, an elected Liberal-Nationals Government recognises our state extends past Melbourne’s tram tracks. That is why we would provide $20 million to make country level crossings safer for motorists and train passengers.

The $20 million would be used for ‘active’ protection, like flashing lights and/or boom gates, to make sure our country Victorians are afforded the safety they deserve on our roads.

It continues our strong track record ensuring the safety of our state’s country level crossings.

The former Liberal-Nationals Government’s $47 million Fix Country Crossings Program installed upgrades at 60 locations across Victoria that rail operators deemed the state’s most dangerous.

Daniel Andrews promised to govern for all Victorians and yet his prized level crossing program completely disregards anyone living beyond Melbourne’s tram tracks.

Only the Liberal-Nationals care for the safety of all Victorians.

Peter Walsh

Leader of The Nationals
Member for Murray Plains

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