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Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

Armidale’s Markham Street Railway crossing has made the list for a significant upgrade to increase safety.

A number of rail crossings across NSW will benefit from the $160 million Federal Government commitment over the next four years, which will fund up to 50 per cent of the cost of delivering railway crossing upgrades. State Government will foot the rest of the bill.

“We’re matching the federal funding injection and the additional investments we’re making are absolutely crucial because they will improve safety in regional communities and help save lives.” said NSW Regional Transport and Roads Minister Jenny Aitchison.

All upgrades are aimed at reducing serious and fatal crashes in regional communities and includes the installation of retro-reflective boom gates, audible warning devices, updated signage and LED flashing lights increasing the visibility of crossings on both sides of the roadway in response to approaching trains.

“The boom gates will be of enormous relief for many users of that road and will no doubt avert what could be a future tragic accident.” said Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall.

There are 23 priority projects across nine electorates, but only Armidale made the list for the New England.

“The Australian Government is committed to improving railway crossing safety across the country through the Regional Level Crossing Upgrade Fund (RLCUF).” said Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Catherine King.