The Serviceton North Road railway crossing has been listed as a priority for upgrade after years of lobbying by The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy, the West Wimmera Shire Council and the local community.
Ms Kealy said the Australian Rail Track Corporation had recently confirmed with her office that the project was under design, with the intention that it be upgraded to a bells, lights and half boom gates crossing.
“Confirmation of these safety upgrades is wonderful news for the local community,” Ms Kealy said.
“The rail crossing currently has no lights, no boom gates and the sole warning sign is unlit, making the approach to the rail line very difficult to see at night and impossible to see oncoming trains during heavy fog.
“I have been proud to support the community in their endeavours over many years including raising the issue in Parliament, numerous media releases and letters to the Minister and relevant departments demanding these important works are undertaken as a priority.”
Serviceton will soon become a part of the successful Silo Art Trail with artwork expected to be completed in March 2020. The Serviceton & District Action Group are currently discussing artwork design options in preparation for an artist to be selected.
“This is also wonderful news for Serviceton as we have seen the success that the Silo Art Trail and the increased tourism that it brings”, Ms Kealy said.
“Given the Silo Art Trail will bring increased visitors to the area I am also calling for additional nearby rail crossings on Boundary Road and I Merretts Road to be reviewed for possible safety upgrade works.
“I will continue to work closely with Public Transport Victoria, who are managing the project, the West Wimmera Shire Council and the local community to ensure these important upgrades are completed as soon as possible for the safety of all road users.