Queensland’s new Level Crossing Safety Strategy is set to be finalised early next year as a number of projects around Brisbane move to the next stage.
- A new Queensland Level Crossing Safety Strategy will be out next year
- All levels of government want to investigate potential long-term grade separation of vehicles from the rail corridor
- Construction has started on the Beams Rd level crossing at Carseldine
The strategy was last updated in 2019 but the most recent level crossing projects at Telegraph Road in Bracken Ridge and Robinson Road at Geebung were completed at the end of 2014.
Further south, Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Project has resulted in 66 level crossings being taken out since 2015.
It is intended to have 85 removed in Melbourne by 2025.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said the new Queensland Level Crossing Safety Strategy was in development and “would be released following the finalisation and release of the National Level Crossing Safety Strategy with the aim to achieve national consistency”.
“It will continue to aim to eliminate level crossing collisions, reduce the number of near miss incidents at level crossings and minimise the impact of any incident that occurs,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said there were plans to remove level crossings at Kuraby, Woodridge, Bethania, Holmview and Beenleigh as part of the $2.6 billion Logan and Gold Coast Faster Rail project.
The state government has also committed to building road over rail bridges at Boundary Road in Coopers Plains and Beams Road in Carseldine.
The spokesperson said additional planning for short, medium and long term options at level crossings in south-east Queensland would be undertaken as part of the SEQ City Deal.
“The Australian and Queensland governments and Brisbane City Council are working together to develop a preliminary business case to investigate potential long-term grade separation of vehicles and active transport from the rail corridor,” the spokesperson said.
These are updates on three of the biggest level crossing projects:
Lindum Station level crossing
Brisbane City Council and Queensland Rail installed a longer boom gate, new traffic median islands, new pavement and road marking at the Lindum Station level crossing in 2021.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said the department was working with the council and Queensland Rail to investigate further safety upgrades for the Lindum level crossing intersection.
A 32-year-old woman was killed at the crossing in February last year when her car was struck by an express train after she drove around the boom gates.
In early 2019, an elderly woman was struck and killed by a train at the same crossing.
Brisbane City Council infrastructure committee chairman Andrew Wines said in last week’s council meeting the council had “landed on a good design” for the notorious crossing but there was yet to be a final announcement on what that design would look like.
He said safety would be improved for the more than 1,600 vehicles which used the thoroughfare each day.
“Motorists are currently experiencing long delays during peak travel time, and there have been a range of near misses and crashes,” Cr Wines said.
“The design will also take into account the needs of pedestrians and cyclists as well.”
All levels of government have committed funding to deliver upgrades at the Lindum Station Precinct, including the upgrade of Lindum Station as part of the Station Accessibility Upgrade Program.
Beams Road rail level crossing
Construction has started at the Beams Rd site and includes changes to the Carseldine Station park ‘n’ ride.
New access from Balcara Avenue will be built to minimise disruption to park ‘n’ ride customers once overpass construction starts, a Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said.
Beams Road is controlled by the council and requires a range of approvals before works can progress.
The main construction contract is expected to be awarded in 2023, subject to design completion.
Construction is expected to be complete in 2026.
Boundary Road rail level crossing
Community consultation on two proposed options for the Boundary Road rail level crossing removal project at Coopers Plains was completed in April.
The final business case was expected to be finalised in coming weeks.
A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said the business case would be subject to analysis of community consultation and input from key stakeholders, including the council.
“We are working with Brisbane City Council, which controls the roads surrounding the level crossing,” the spokesperson said.
“The Queensland Government has committed $133 million towards the delivery of this important project.
“Future project stages, including design and construction, are dependent on the business case outcomes, further funding, and Brisbane City Council approvals.”