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Outrage in Rosewood as rail work cuts town in two

A TOWN DIVIDED: Rail crossing closure in Rosewood on Saturday morning.
A TOWN DIVIDED: Rail crossing closure in Rosewood on Saturday morning. David Pahlke

ROSEWOOD will be a town divided this weekend but not for any political, religious or sporting reasons.

Work is being carried out at the rail crossing in the town's main street, effectively cutting one part of the town off from the other.

It will mean people wanting to drive from one part of John St to the other will have to take a long detour via the rail crossing at Thagoona.

Works at the John St level crossing is being done by Queensland Rail (QR), which said it regretted any inconvenience, and is scheduled to take from 2am today to 2.30am Monday.

It coincides with the Ipswich-Rosewood line being closed for maintenance.

It's especially bad news for Rising Sun Hotel owner Darren Pettiford whose pub on John St will be cut off from the rest of Rosewood for the weekend.

"I'm a bit p...ed off. I didn't know about it until I saw a big flashing sign in front of my pub," Mr Pettiford said.

"It puts us 10 minutes out of the way of anyone trying to get to you.

"It will disrupt our business; we've only been here a couple of months and we're trying to get things going.

"The footballers like to come here after the game so that'll make it harder for them - or maybe they'll go to another pub."

To make matters worse, the town's councillor David Pahlke said an emergency rail crossing 900m from the level crossing can not be used to cross the track.

"Just after the electrification of rail, we wanted to put in a crossing in the event of an emergency. We were always worried about an accident and the gates were closed," Cr Pahlke said. "The Moreton Shire Council paid for it back in the early 90s. Q Rail refused to pay for it. We had to pay $30,000.

"The police had a key, the fire brigade had one and the station master had one.

"It's not good enough. Shutting off the level crossing and making people go right up to Thagoona and around the other side it like cutting off Ipswich at the Top of Town and making people go up around the Fiveways. If they're not going to let people use it, give the ratepayers of Rosewood their $30,000 back.

"Especially when the people paid $30,000 for it, which would be $100,000 now."

Meanwhile, there will be 24-hour works on Karrabin-Rosewood Road at the Karrabin Railway Station crossing from today. QR said it was timed to coincide with the track closure to avoid impact on rail services.

OUT OF ORDER?:Rising Sun Hotel owner Darren Pettiford and councillor David Pahlke wonder why this sealed crossing only a few hundred metres from the main rail crossing can't be used.
OUT OF ORDER?:Rising Sun Hotel owner Darren Pettiford and councillor David Pahlke wonder why this sealed crossing only a few hundred metres from the main rail crossing can't be used. David Pahlke
RISING ANGER: Darren Pettiford is not happy about the rail line being closed for three days, stopping people coming to his pub.
RISING ANGER: Darren Pettiford is not happy about the rail line being closed for three days, stopping people coming to his pub. Rob Williams

Topics:  level crossings, queensland rail




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