The Andrews Labor Government has boosted safety for drivers, passengers and the community in Bendigo East with upgrades to the Powell Street level crossing now complete.
Minister for Public Transport and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan today welcomed the level crossing upgrade, which was funded as part of the Labor Government’s Safer Country Crossings Program.
The crossing now has boom gates, flashing lights, bells and axle counters, to improve safety for road users and passengers on V/Line trains that pass through the crossing.
As part of the Safer Country Crossings Program, the Labor Government has upgraded 33 road level crossings across regional Victoria, with a further 19 expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
In addition, 25 pedestrian crossings across the state will be upgraded as part of the program, with 15 already complete.
An extra 28 weekly services were added to the Bendigo line last year, giving people more choice on when they want to travel.
Detailed planning is also continuing for the $91 million upgrade and improvement works planned for the Bendigo line, as part of the $1.57 billion Regional Rail Revival program.
The investment will pave the way for faster trains, an additional daily service to Echuca and stage two of Bendigo Metro.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“This level crossing upgrade will significantly improve safety for motorists, passengers and the community.”
“The Powell Street level crossing also provides an important link to the industrial estate, airport and residential areas in Bendigo East.”
“We’re delivering more services than ever before and Regional Rail Revival will deliver further improvements – so there is a lot for passengers to look forward to.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020