NSW Nationals Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has welcomed the allocation of funding for the installation of new lights and automatic boom gates at Armidale’s busy and dangerous Markham Street railway level crossing.
Mr Marshall recently called on the NSW and Federal Governments to work together to provide major upgrades to railway level crossings across country NSW, including Markham Street.
Now, an elated Mr Marshall has been given the good news that funding will be forthcoming.
“I am so pleased the State and Commonwealth Governments have agreed to install boom gates at this busy and dangerous level crossing,” Mr Marshall said.
“It was an accident waiting to happen and I hope we can now crack on with the works and get the job done as quickly as possible.
“Markham Street is a busy urban road in Armidale and as traffic continues to increase, upgrades – including the installation of retro-reflective boom gates – will be crucial to ensure a major accident doesn’t occur.
“We need to prevent motorists from crossing in front of oncoming trains, which has a devastating impact on communities.
“The upgrade will also include 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.”
Mr Marshall said the funding was secured under the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Level Crossing Upgrade Fund.
“This is fantastic news, and I’m so pleased with the outcome,” he said.
“The State Government will receive $28 million in the first round of funding, which will go towards a program of works across the state’s regional road network.
“The Commonwealth Government has also committed $160 million over four years to state and territory governments to fund 50 per cent of the costs.”
“It is pleasing to see two levels of government working efficiently together to produce a very positive and tangible outcome for the regional community of Armidale.
“I once again thank the Minister for her support and look forward to the works starting in the coming months.”