Started by ozbob, May 28, 2017, 09:24:05 AM
Media release: Qld: Explore all options before closing Open Level Crossings through railway towns> https://t.co/VmYbu5pLb1#qldpol pic.twitter.com/11Uz9VTk3i— Robert Dow (@Robert_Dow) May 27, 2017
Media release: Qld: Explore all options before closing Open Level Crossings through railway towns> https://t.co/VmYbu5pLb1#qldpol pic.twitter.com/11Uz9VTk3i
@TMRQld @QueenslandRail @jackietrad @AndrewPowellMP @CouncilSCC @the_daily @Sun_shine_Coast @QLDLabor @LNPQLD @QldGreens Don't Divide Pomona --> https://t.co/3wObH9tC0i#qldpol— Robert Dow (@Robert_Dow) May 27, 2017
@TMRQld @QueenslandRail @jackietrad @AndrewPowellMP @CouncilSCC @the_daily @Sun_shine_Coast @QLDLabor @LNPQLD @QldGreens Don't Divide Pomona --> https://t.co/3wObH9tC0i#qldpol
QuoteGROUP of residents are fighting a Queensland Rail proposal they say will divide their coastal town.Pomona man Brian O'Connor is leading the newly-formed Don't Divide Pomona group in an effort to avoid a railway pedestrian crossing being shut off.The pathway runs between the Majestic Theatre and the Pomona Hotel, past the Pomona Railway Station."The pathway has served Pomona for more than 100 years and no one in town can recall a death or injury in the years it has operated," Mr O'Connor said.A Queensland Rail spokeswoman said the current pedestrian crossing would require a significant upgrade to ensure its compliance with national safety standards."In consultation with Noosa Council and the Department of Transport and Main Roads, we are investigating possible footpath and road crossing options to ensure pedestrians have a safe passage to the two other nearby formal crossings at Reserve St and Subway Ave," the spokeswoman said.She said Queensland Rail would conduct a number of consultation activities in the coming weeks."A letter, fact sheet, hard copy and online feedback form will be distributed to local businesses and residents in June."Petitions against the proposed closure have already been distributed to more than 10 Pomona businesses to collect signatures.Mr O'Connor said Queensland Rail had been very cooperative in consulting the community about the new railway station but silent about the cross-town pathway."We see them as linked, as the railway station and its associated pathway are the lynchpin to the connectivity of what is a very walkable town," he said."This will be lost if this proposal goes ahead."He said Queensland Rail's solution of diverting the pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders to the Reserve St crossing was not suitable."This is the busiest traffic point in town."The Reserve St crossing point has poor connectivity to the rest of the path network servicing the town."Someone arriving in Pomona by train will have to undertake a 600m detour to get to the town centre."He said the railway station crossing had overhead lighting, prominent warning signage, flashing yellow warning lights and a klaxon that sounded an audible warning.
Explore all options before closing Open Level Crossings through railway towns.Pomona.> https://t.co/lQvuDcRVCi#qldpol pic.twitter.com/FrIAWh1WE6— Robert Dow (@Robert_Dow) June 9, 2017
Explore all options before closing Open Level Crossings through railway towns.Pomona.> https://t.co/lQvuDcRVCi#qldpol pic.twitter.com/FrIAWh1WE6
Closure is just ' off-track 'Noosa News 9th June 2017#qldpol pic.twitter.com/Wgei4HvjYz— Robert Dow (@Robert_Dow) June 9, 2017
Closure is just ' off-track 'Noosa News 9th June 2017#qldpol pic.twitter.com/Wgei4HvjYz
Quote from: Stillwater on June 16, 2017, 21:28:17 PMThe dontdividepomona Facebook page is reporting that 1364 signatures have been obtained in protest against the closure of the path over the tracks at Pomona - not bad for a town of 2700 people! The protest rally and march is to be held tomorrow. It will be interesting to see how many locals turn up, given the enthusiasm with which they have signed the petition.
QuoteUNITED BY DIVIDE: Pomona vented its anger at a QR plane to cut their town access in half on Saturday. ContributedA MOVE by Queensland Rail to divide Pomona by closing a cross-town path that has served the community since 1911 has had the effect of uniting residents in determined defiance.The normally sedate streets of the friendly village reverberated with chanting "Don't Divide Pomona!" on Saturday when 130 marchers, some on horseback, waved banners and placards protesting the planned closure of the pedestrian and cycle path linking the east and west sides of town across the railway tracks. It is the point where three of the walks on the Noosa Trail Network intersect.QR has assessed the path as unsafe. Old-timers say they can't remember a death or any injury involving trains striking pedestrians or cyclists at the location. QR is resisting calls to provide the data on which its decision is based.By the end of the day, the protesters had won a small concession. The CEO of QR, Mr Nick Easy, advised residents on May 18 "closure of this high-risk pedestrian crossing is the best way to eliminate safety risks", meaning that a decision to close had been made. However, in a late email to rally organisers, a Queensland Rail spokesperson said QR was committed to understanding and considering the views of the community."We will be undertaking thorough consultation to better understand the impacts this crossing closure may have on those who use it, and to present options for alternative, safe crossing connections," she said.A decision to close the crossing would not now be made until the community consultation, to be held in mid-July, after the school holidays. The most passionate protester on the day was the youngest, three-year-old Myles Corcoran. Not yet able to read, he cried when his mother read him a newspaper story announcing that QR intended to close the railway footpath both use to access town. Mum explained that he no longer could accompany her on his bike, as she considered the alternative crossing dangerous.A resolution passed unanimously at Saturday's rally in Joe Bazzo Park called upon QR to keep open the existing path via the railway station and to make it safer. Pomona residents also want State Government agencies and Noosa Council to develop a combined plan that ends bickering and blurred lines of responsibility for roads, footpaths and public spaces in town."We request that QR actively consider better utilisation of vacant land it controls, bounded by Factory and Reserve streets, including subdivision, to fund the necessary works and make available sites for new businesses. We expect silo thinking and cost-shifting to end, and tripartite co-operation to prevail so that our Pomona town centre can be revitalised."
Quote from: Stillwater on July 05, 2017, 21:28:18 PMIt seems Noosa Council is now on board, backing the community.https://www.facebook.com/dontdividepomona
Quote from: Stillwater on November 11, 2017, 11:11:00 AM^^ Mr Elmes has today issued a statement saying that an LNP government will DIRECT Queensland Rail to keep open the cross-town path over the North Coast Line at Pomona and make it safe. He also wishes to see plans for the new Pomona Railway Station to judge whether locals concerns about local heritage values being reflected in the design have been met.There might be some scurrying among QR staff about both issues if the LNP attains government after 25 November 2017.
Quote from: Stillwater on November 12, 2017, 12:12:13 PMUpon reflection, QR would not take action to close the path this way during the period when caretaker conventions apply.
Quote from: Stillwater on March 13, 2018, 15:56:39 PMThis media release has gone up on the dontdividepomona Facebook page:Queensland Rail to retain and upgrade Pomona pedestrian crossingAfter listening to community feedback, Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said Queensland Rail (QR) will retain the current pedestrian crossing at Pomona station.Minister Bailey said he wanted to assure locals the crossing would remain, but that it would require a number of safety upgrades."QR put a number of options forward, one of which was to close the crossing, but after public consultations the message was loud and clear that people wanted the crossing to stay," Mr Bailey said."Safety is always our number one priority, and as the crossing is situated on a curved section of railway, a number of possible safety upgrades will need to be completed. One of the safety concerns is there is currently inadequate sight distance for approaching trains, and while I appreciate there have been no serious incidents to date, QR needs to put plans in place to safeguard the community and ensure this remains the case. "While design work is yet to be undertaken, the upgrade may include the installation of audible and visual alarms, footpaths and signage. I understand locals feel passionately about the future of the crossing, its historical significance to the town and its role in promoting walkability. QR is committed to working with the community and delivering a solution which balances the need for safety with providing a crossing that meets the town's requirements now and into the future.QR CEO Nick Easy said they had been overwhelmed with the community's feedback regarding the pedestrian crossing – 100 per cent of which called for the crossing to be retained and upgraded. "Of 148 submissions received during community consultation in August this year, 100 per cent of feedback indicated a preference for the crossing to be retained and upgraded to ensure walking connectivity remains in place at this location," Mr Easy said."QR has taken this feedback on board, in addition to consulting with Noosa Shire Council, community groups and local businesses, and has made a decision to upgrade the crossing to ensure it meets national rail safety standards, while retaining connectivity at this site for local pedestrians. Queensland Rail will keep the Pomona community informed regarding the progress and timing of the design investigations."ENDShttps://www.facebook.com/dontdividepomona
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