Crossing ‘safe’ despite crash
THE Public Transport Authority (PTA) says a level crossing described as “extremely dangerous” is safe, despite a train hitting a truck about 4.40pm on March 5.
“There was nothing wrong with the boom gate,” a PTA spokeswoman said.
“It was the truck that was in the crossing.”
She said the driver of a medium-sized truck was not aware his vehicle protruded into the path of a Perth-bound train at Victoria Street station as the truck stopped behind two cars on the Curtin Avenue side of the crossing that connects to Stirling Highway.
Main Roads recorded that 36,290 vehicles used Stirling Highway daily and 15,720 on Curtin Avenue in 2013.
Both routes are expected to take more local car, com- muter, truck and regional through-traffic in the future.
Mosman Park Mayor Ron Norris said the crossing was “extremely dangerous” because drivers forced their way across and there was not enough distance between the crossing and its feeder roads.
“Drivers trying to enter Curtin Ave at peak times take huge risks, and sooner or later there will be a fatality,” Mr Norris said.
Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins said her council wanted traffic lights synchronised with boom gates on both sides of the crossing.
The PTA spokeswoman said increasing congestion was “not an excuse to flout the law and enter a level crossing when it is not safe to do so”, and significant money was spent to ensure crossings were operational, safe and warned motorists.
Passengers are evacuated after the accident.
Traffic builds up.