New Queensland level crossing strategy to come out early 2023

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.

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.

Scene of a fatal train level-crossing accident on the Cleveland line Brisbane, where a woman was killed.
A woman died in a crash at a level crossing near Lindum station in 2021.(ABC News)

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.

Map of a train station crossing and surrounding roads.
An aerial view shows a proposed design for the Lindum Station level crossing.(Supplied: Brisbane City Council)

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.

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