Crossing win for walkers

Rail authorities have changed their minds and agreed to spend up to $20,000 to upgrade a well-used pedestrian walkway across tracks at Heathfield.

A STRAIL unit similar to this crossing near the Stirling Linear Park will now be installed at a closed crossing at Bogaduck Road at Aldgate.

The crossing near Bogaduck Road at Aldgate, near the site of the former Heathfield railway station, had been closed permanently during recent track renovations because it didn’t meet standards for safety and disability access.
A spokeswoman for the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) said the authority usually aimed to reduce the number of level crossings under its control in order to minimise the risk of pedestrians entering the rail corridor.
“This is our approach to level crossings on our network around the country,” she said.
“However, in light of the community response to the removal of the level crossing and the concerns around the funding of a crossing that does meet Australian Standards, the ARTC has committed to $20,000 to install a special STRAIL unit at the crossing as well as a mesh panelled maze.”

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