Brimbank Council has called on State Government Ministers and the Opposition to visit Deer Park train station during morning peak hour to witness the traffic chaos at the level crossing caused by increased train services.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said increased trains on the Geelong and Ballarat train lines meant there was now an urgent need for grade separations at the intersections of Robinsons Road, Deer Park; Station Road, Deer Park; and Fitzgerald Road, Sunshine West.
“Rapid population growth is putting pressure on both road and rail transport. While it’s fantastic to see more trains operating – the flow-on effects are causing havoc on surrounding local roads.
“We are seeing boom gates at these intersections down for between 30 and 40 minutes an hour during morning peak hour – causing unacceptable and dangerous traffic jams.
“We are writing to our local Members of Parliament and the relevant State Government Ministers to request these grade separations be built as a matter of priority,” Cr Giudice said.
At the Council Meeting on 17 April, Council passed a Notice of Motion to invite
to meet Brimbank Councillors and members of the community at Station Road, Deer Park, during the morning peak.
Cr Lucinda Congreve, who raised the Notice of Motion, said Council had reviewed the time that boom gates were down at Station Road, Deer Park – with the results showing boom gates were down for 32 minutes between 7.30and 8.30am, and 52 minutes between 7am and 9am.
“During these peaks we’re seeing traffic backed up for more than 650 metres in both directions.
“We’re also seeing dangerous behaviour from frustrated drivers who are queueing on the train lines while the boom gates are up and passing through the crossing while the gates are operating.
“This is a significant safety issue that needs urgent attention,” Cr Congreve said.