Boom gates improve safety at Allansford rail crossing

AN Allansford railway crossing where a young man was killed in March has reopened with a $273,000 boom gate installation.

Traffic on Brown Street has been allowed to again cross the Warrnambool to Geelong train line after closure for several months.

The crossing was given priority status on the government’s fix-it list after an Allansford man died when his vehicle collided with a morning freight train.

Premier and member for South West Coast Denis Napthine said the works had improved safety.

“Boom barriers are the best protection against driving errors related to over-familiarity at level crossings and train frequencies,”  he said.

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the crossing had a history of  bad accidents. “The upgrade works were funded under the government program that equips sites with active controls including lights, bells and boom barriers,”  he said.

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