31 August, 2017
New contract helping to improve level crossing safety
In August 2017, Bradken was awarded an exclusive contract with Victorian Rail Track (VicTrack) to supply level crossing equipment as part of a State Government initiative to upgrade level and pedestrian rail crossings across Victoria making them safer for all road users.
Every year there are more than 1,000 near miss incidents between trains and vehicles at the more than 23,500 railway level crossings located across Australia.
The Safer Country Crossings Program is a $50 million program that will upgrade 52 road and 25 pedestrian crossings across the state of Victoria.
In the first year of the program 14 crossing upgrades are being carried out, with Active Railway Signalling Pty Ltd (ARS) carrying out the works.
Boom gates and flashing lights are being installed at 10 road crossings on the Seymour corridor and North East line at:
- Racecourse Road, Chiltern
- Gravel Pit Road, Wangaratta
- Cemetery Road, Benalla
- Carroll Road, Benalla
- Palmerston Street, Baddaginnie
- Mahers Road, Violet Town
- Angle Road, Euroa
- Locksley Road, Locksley-Nagambie
- Beveridge Station Lane, Beveridge
- Rutherglen-Springhurst Road (Cannings Crossing), Springhurst
Four pedestrian crossings are also being upgraded – two in Broadford and two in Donnybrook. They will be upgraded with automatic gates that close when a train is approaching and won’t open until it is safe to cross.
Emergency exit gates with electromagnetic latches will also be installed, to ensure people can get off the tracks if they get caught between the automatic gates when they close.
We will be supplying gate arms, mechanisms, lights, electronic bells, bases and various other spare part components under this contract.
Fraser Batts, Sales Manager for Rail Spares says that our win with the VicTrack contract follows recent growth in our supply of Western Cullen Hayes (WCH) equipment to the eastern states of Australia.
Underpinning this growth is the drive by the infrastructure sector to improve safety on our roads where they are bisected by rail lines at uncontrolled or ‘passive’ level crossings, combined with the development of the Inland Rail Corridor, a multi-State initiative that will see a dedicated rail freight artery connecting Melbourne to Sydney and on through to Brisbane,” Fraser said.
“This line will run through Parkes, New South Wales as a main hub taking pressure off rail and road networks on the eastern seaboard.”
Bradken has partnered WCH for many years by representing them in the sale and distribution of superior level crossing equipment to Rail customers nationwide. We are proud to participate in making Australian roads and railways safer places for all users.