Closing rail crossings is unsafe

Ripon MP Louise Staley has called on State Transport Minister to overrule plans by City of Ballarat to close down multiple railways crossings around Windemere.

Ripon MP Louise Staley has called on State Transport Minister to overrule plans by City of Ballarat to close down multiple railways crossings around Windemere.

In a move that has angered many local residents, the City of Ballarat has written to local residents proposing that they block off railway crossings and close downs roads on Ballarat’s western fringe.

Ms Staley who has written to the Victorian Transport Minister calling on him to overrule this decision said closing down local roads did not make sense and would not increase safety.

“Residents in Cardigan, Burrumbeet and Windemere need greater access, blocking off rail crossings will force more traffic onto smaller unsealed roads.” Ms Staley said.

“Blocking off roads will be devastating for local farmers and those with livestock who wont be able to get agricultural machinery and trailers where they need to go,”

“My office has been inundated with calls from angry locals who fear the prospects of being forced to drive on unsealed roads, this madness needs to be fixed,”

“The current rail crossings are clearly marked and are safe enough, Boarding them up and closing down surrounding roads will increase congestion and force heavy traffic onto unsealed roads that cannot sustain that much use,”

“What happens if there is a devastating bushfire nearby?, blocking off local roads will frustrate evacuating residents as well as delaying emergency services’’

“The Andrews Labor Government needs to stand up for local safety and abandon this ridiculous proposal”she said.