7 June 2016
TYNAN ROAD/RAIL SAFETY WORKS COMMISSIONED
Member for Albury, Greg Aplin today announced the completion of a major safety improvement at a busy level crossing where the Southern Railway Line crosses Tynan Road at Table Top.
“Between 2009 and 2014, there were three near misses at the Tynan Road level crossing,” said Mr Aplin. “We have now invested $700,000 to upgrade the intersection, as part of the NSW Government’s Level Crossings Improvement program.”
Retro-reflective boom gates with high intensity LED lights have been installed to complement the existing flashing lights and bells, making the level crossing more clearly visible to approaching traffic.
“These are important improvements for locals and transport operators who frequently use Tynan Road, and for the high speed passenger and freight trains that pass through that crossing point,” said Mr Aplin.
The crossing is in a growing community area, just off the busy Hume Highway, and is seeing more road traffic as a result.
“I have listened to residents’ concerns about this crossing, focusing on the dangerous situation for school buses and the growing number of vehicles. ‘I cringe every time I have to cross it,’ wrote one mother who, each day, drove her children to school through this point.
“In 2008, before we got to government, I began lobbying for improved safety, bringing the then Shadow Minister for Roads here to see the situation. When that person became Minister for Roads money became available and we were able to start planning and implementing first a $300,000 road upgrade, now the level crossing improvement.
“This upgrade is a significant step forward in level crossing safety in the Albury electorate,” said Mr Aplin.
While upgrades improve safety at level crossings, road users are urged to continue to take care. The penalty for disobeying controls at a level crossing is three demerit points and a $425 fine.

 

PIC: At the commissioning were Rachel Gaukroger, president of Table Top Public School P&C, and Andrew McEachern, Principal.