Level crossing upgrade follows accidents

Last updated 10:23 04/06/2014

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New flashing lights and alarm bells have been installed at the Vickerman St level crossing in Grovetown, north of Blenheim.

The crossing had previously been protected by railway crossing and give-way signs.

There have been two minor injury collisions at the Vickerman St level crossing, one in 2005 and the other in 2012.

KiwiRail has a priority list of public road level crossings for upgrades with the installation of flashing lights and bells, or the addition of half-arm barriers.

These are usually for high traffic level crossings where flashing lights and bells are already present.

Upgrades on level crossings are based on an assessment that takes into account factors including location, road and rail traffic numbers, the number of railway tracks to be crossed, and whether views of approaching trains are obstructed.

The Vickerman St crossing moved to number two on the priority list following the second collision.

It is the fifth level crossing protection upgrade that has been completed this financial year, with another two level crossings planned to be completed by the end of June.

Even with the addition of flashing lights and bells, KiwiRail advises caution when approaching level crossings.

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- The Marlborough Express

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