The fight to reopen a Warrnambool pedestrian crossing over the railway lines at Gilles Street will be taken to state parliament - with an online petition extended.
Cr Kylie Gaston started the petition about three weeks ago with the aim to get 1000 signatures before the next sitting of parliament.
At last count there were just over 700 signatures.
Cr Gaston said she wanted to remind those who were intending to vote and had not yet done so, to sign it.
"It's ticking along well," she said.
The petition is due to go before state parliament during the next sitting on June 16-18.
To sign visit www.parliament.vic.gov.au.
The crossing was closed in August last year and so far requests from the city council and residents for it to be reopened have been unsuccessful.
Residents said keeping the crossing closed was a safety and security issues, and also cut a vital link to the start of its popular rail trail - a drawcard for cycling tourists.
"This closure has created a significant impact on the Warrnambool community," the petition states.
"The Gilles Street pedestrian crossing is a very important link between the Warrnambool CBD and South Warrnambool, Lake Pertobe precincts, and beyond to the foreshore."
"This pedestrian crossing is also referred to in maps used by members of the community when taking the Rail Trail from Warrnambool to Point Fairy, via Koroit."
The petition calls for the crossing to be reopened as part of a designated path network.
A V/Line spokesperson has said safety was its number one priority for staff and the broader community, and that could not be compromised.
"The only safe place for pedestrians to walk across railway tracks is at a designated, signed pedestrian crossing," the spokesperson said.
V/Line said the Gillies Street access road was a private V/Line crossing used by workers to access maintenance facilities and was not a public crossing.
"However we acknowledge its historical use by the local community to access the Warrnambool waterfront," it said.
"Any further development of a safe pedestrian crossing in the Warrnambool area will continue to be considered as part of future transport planning."