Pedestrians in Lindenow South can now look forward to improved safety and mobility when negotiating the rail track, owing to the recent installation of a new pedestrian crossing.
Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said the Lindenow and District Progress Association (L&DPA) had been petitioning the previous government for a number of years to have the crossing upgraded, as the existing crossing was unsafe for pedestrians, especially children and the elderly.
“The installation of the crossing, which includes new safety fencing, markers and asphalt across the track, has significantly improved safety for locals, and final works will include the placement of tactile tiles that will assist the vision impaired.
"It was particularly unsafe for children walking to school who were forced to walk on the road at the crossing.
“This initiative reinforces the government's commitment to improving level crossing safety and finding transport solutions for people living in regional Victoria and I thank V/Line for being responsive and getting the job done.
“However, it is still imperative that care is taken by drivers and pedestrians at all level crossings across East Gippsland, irrespective of whether there are give-way, stop signs or flashing lights present,” Mr Bull said.
Jeff Watts, President of the Lindenow and District Progress Association said, “our members have campaigned for a number of years to have the crossing upgraded and we wish to thank the Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, who vigorously lobbied on our behalf to get the pedestrian crossing installed.”
“The Association would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Tim Pianta of V/Line, who working together with our members and Mr Bull ensured there were no further internal delays with the final approval process and construction being completed by local V/Line staff.”