Grandchester crossing upgrade

WITH more than 50 near misses on Queensland Railways in the West Moreton region over the past month, crossing upgrades can't come soon enough.

Expected to start this month, the Rosewood- Laidley crossing in Grandchester is one of two crossings involved in a $2 million upgrade.

Queensland Rail executive general manager projects Liam Gordon said safety at level crossings was a top priority and QR was determined to make sure level crossings provided the best protection for pedestrians and motorists.

"The Rosewood-Laidley pedestrian crossing at Grandchester will be upgraded to an active system, with automatic gates, pedestrian lighting and audible alarms to alert pedestrians of an approaching train," Mr Gordon said.

More than 100 near misses were reported at regional level crossings last year, and with trains travelling up to 160km per hour, it can take several hundred metres to stop. The Grandchester crossing is part of a $12.5 million project to upgrade protection across 15 level crossings across Queensland.

Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said country rail crossings, including Grandchester, were notoriously dangerous and often "snuck up by surprise" on commuters and road users.

"I am in favour of any project which is aimed at improving safety for locals, providing better traffic flows and of course improvements to flood resilience," Mr Neumann said.

Mr Neumann said he would continue to support the improvement of the region's roads.



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