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Russel Northe MLA:
Pedestrian Safety Paramount
Community concerns raised in relation to the safety of pedestrians at the McNairn Road Traralgon railway crossing.
By Portal Admin - 1st June 2020 - Back to News
Member for Morwell Russell Northe has raised community concerns in relation to the safety of pedestrians at the McNairn Road Traralgon railway crossing.
The McNairn Road crossing in the eastern part of Traralgon has seen increased pedestrian and vehicle activity over a period of time, particularly given sustained growth in the retail and residential sectors.
"In previous years the retail sector has really been transformed in the eastern part of Traralgon with outlets such as Bunnings, McDonalds and Aldi amongst a range of retailers now prominent in the area" Mr Northe said.
"This has led to increased traffic including from pedestrians who walk to and from these same premises and often this can be across the McNairn Road rail crossing" Mr Northe said.
"I know many local residents would like to see improved safety access for pedestrians around the crossing precinct including footpath infrastructure and an actual pedestrian crossing on the rail intersection itself" Mr Northe said.
Mr Northe has previously made representations to Latrobe City Council, Public Transport Victoria and Vic Track but unfortunately at this point there seems to be little progression in improving pedestrian safety in and around the crossing.
It seems odd that the Liddiard Road, Traralgon rail crossing just down the road does have safe pedestrian crossing infrastructure in place, yet the McNairn Road crossing does not.
"The Government has often stated the importance of its half a billion dollar Gippsland Line Upgrade program that interestingly states more train services will be delivered to the region, which ultimately means the McNairn Road crossing will experience even more rail traffic into the future" Mr Northe said.
"One would hope that the State Government could see fit to ensure pedestrian safety is considered within this same program including improved safety at the McNairn Road crossing" Mr Northe said.
McNairn Road Traralgon
Liddiard Road Traralgon
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