Rail cross­ing funds pledged

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Laura Briggs

The Coali­tion has pledged $650 000 to im­prove the safety of Tatura driv­ers if elected at next month’s Vic­to­rian elec­tion.

The prom­ise to in­stall sig­nalling, boom bar­ri­ers and a des­ig­nated pedes­trian cross­ing at a Tatura rail­way cross­ing on Dhur­ringile Rd was an­nounced last week by Shadow Pub­lic Trans­port Min­is­ter David Davis and Lib­eral can­di­date for Shep­par­ton Ch­eryl Ham­mer.

Mr Davis wel­comed those in at­ten­dance at the an­nounce­ment by ex­press­ing his con­cern for the safety of those driv­ing in the area.

‘‘It’s clear that this is a dan­ger­ous in­ter­sec­tion and it’s also clear that this is the only one in town that is not con­trolled prop­erly,’’ Mr Davis said.

‘‘We’re cer­tainly very pleased to in­di­cate that if elected we will fix this cross­ing and make it safe for the com­mu­nity.’’

Ms Ham­mer said the con­cerns raised by lo­cals had been heard and she was de­lighted to be a part of im­prov­ing the safety of Tatura.

‘‘A num­ber of months ago I was over in Tatura talk­ing to res­i­dents at one of the lis­ten­ing posts and one of the res­i­dents that lives very close to the cross­ing ap­proached me with the is­sue of the rail­way cross­ing,’’ Ms Ham­mer said.

‘‘I came out a num­ber of times to sit and watch my­self and there was no deny­ing that it was a very dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion.

‘‘All the town is con­cerned about this in­ter­sec­tion and I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted that we’ve been able to com­mit to do some­thing for them.’’

Con­cerned Tatura res­i­dent Kevin Ryan said he was re­lieved to see that the need for the up­grade had been recog­nised.

Mr Ryan said he started cam­paign­ing 25 years ago to see some­thing done to im­prove safety at the rail­way cross­ing.

He said orig­i­nally he had cam­paigned for only lights to be in­stalled at the in­ter­sec­tion.

‘‘So the beauty of this an­nounce­ment to­day is lights and the gates, so we are very, very happy now that af­ter 25 years of cam­paign­ing the (shadow) min­is­terMr Davis has come down and an­nounced $650 000 for the up­grade of this cross­ing and be­lieve me, this is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated,’’ Mr Ryan said.

Above: Tatura lo­cals gather for the pledge an­nounce­ment at the Dhur­ringile Rd rail­way.

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