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Lindum Level Crossing Removal Delays just donít add up

2nd March 2021

RAIL Back on Track, a community organisation that supports better public transport renews calls for the full removal of the level crossing at Lindum with a road overpass or underpass, and nothing less.

These are the facts:

- The Lindum level crossing is dangerous, and has claimed 2 lives in 2 years, the most recent being on February 26th 2021.

- The suburban rail network south of Caboolture has around 52 level crossings. Of these about 25 are of a high priority for removal.

- It costs around $150m to $200m to grade separate a level crossing and replace it with the road going over or under the rail based on recent projects interstate.

- Currently, the Lindum crossing has $85m from the Federal Government and $40m from BCC committed to help fund the removal of the level crossing, not a station and precinct upgrade (1, 2, 3).

- Therefore, the state only needs to contribute an additional $25-75m to do the job right and deliver the grade separated solution the community wants.

- However, a full grade separation is not on the cards in the medium term, and it appears money will be squandered on bandaid solutions like traffic lights, and on unrelated projects such as expanding the station car park. The community cannot afford these stalling tactics.

- The level crossing removal at Landsborough was also deferred from the current Sunshine Coast line upgrade project.

- Victoria has demonstrated that itís possible to save lives and remove a large number of level crossings when the political will is there. Out of a programme to remove 75 level crossings, 45 are already removed since 2015. Similar fast track programmes are underway in WA and SA. NSW removed the majority of its level crossings years ago.

- The last level crossing removal in SEQ happened back in 2014. Progress has been embarrassingly slow.

RAIL Back On Track wants to see the Government fast track a full grade separated solution at Lindum, and furthermore commit to removing at least two level crossings per year. We suggest the Queensland Government set up an agency similar to the Level Crossing Removal Project in Victoria (4).  They should also liaise with Victoria on the lessons they have gained from their recent experiences with level crossing elimination.

Contact:
Robert Dow
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admin@backontrack.org
RAIL Back On Track https://backontrack.org

References:

1. Lindum Station Precinct Study https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/projects/Lindum-Station-Precinct-Study

2. Brisbane City Council takes aim at government over bayside rail crossing
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/brisbane-city-council-takes-aim-at-government-over-bayside-rail-crossing-20201201-p56joy.html?fbclid=IwAR2eyGpRePQ-6IAwCxDIK4DGyltYm93i4j5Ezekqudtk1z_LJ3Me7mzJcOs

3. Rail Back on Track calls for removal of level crossings from south-east Queensland railway lines
https://www.redlandcitybulletin.com.au/story/7046844/lobby-group-calls-for-removal-of-level-crossings-from-south-east-queensland-tracks/?cs=213

4 Level Crossing Removal Project https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au
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