Media Release

30 October 2018

Davis: Liberal Nationals to improve safety at Tatura railway crossing

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Liberal Nationals to improve safety at Tatura railway crossing

A Liberal Nationals Government will install signalling, boom barriers and a designated pedestrian crossing at a dangerous Tatura railway crossing to improve safety for locals and motorists.

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will upgrade the level crossing on Dhurringile Road by installing flashing lights and boom barriers as well as a guarded pedestrian crossing with a pledge of $650,000 to carry out the project.

The Dhurringile Road rail crossing is currently controlled by stop signs only and Labor and current Member Suzanna Sheed have continuously ignored calls by local residents for an upgrade.

Dhurringile Road is a major thoroughfare for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians and the Liberal Nationals commitment to improve safety for local residents is in stark contrast to the Andrews Labor Government, whose recent roads and rail funding announcement failed to see one dollar spent in the Shepparton electorate.

The upgrade to the Dhurringile Road railway crossing will improve safety for both pedestrians and motorists crossing the railway line and reinforces that Matthew Guy and the Liberal Nationals will govern for all Victorians.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Public Transport, David Davis:

“Labor has been in power for 15 of the last 19 years and has neglected Tatura and the Goulburn Valley.

This crossing will be safer under an elected Liberal Nationals Government.

The Liberal Nationals are committed to building a build faster rail service between Shepparton and Melbourne cutting the travel time from 146 minutes to 117 minutes as part of our plan to decentralise Victoria’s population and get back in control of regional rail.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer:

“Nearby residents to this railway crossing have called for better safety measures for many years after witnessing multiple near misses and some accidents.

Traffic, including large trucks and other haulage equipment frequently mix with pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists on this dangerous crossing. It is a disaster waiting to happen.

I am pleased to have been able to secure this commitment for these safety upgrades which will potentially save lives.”

Comments attributable to The Nationals Candidate for Shepparton, Peter Schwarz:

“Dhurringile Road is only getting busier, which makes these level crossing safety upgrades even more critical.

I’ve heard from many local people worried stop signs alone aren’t enough to make sure this road is safe – for trucks going to and from Tatura Milk, for local traffic and for travellers en route to Melbourne.

I’m committed to delivering safer roads and a better deal for Tatura residents which are exactly what these critical level crossing safety upgrades will do.”