The Civil Contractors Federation of Australia (CCFA) seeks the help of the Commonwealth to fund the construction of footbridges among South Australia’s most dangerous railway crossings.

The industry group calls for state and federal governments to shoulder around $750 million. CCFA identified five key sites that urgently need an underpass or overpass. Each will cost up to $150 million. Four of these five sites are located in the regional centres.

South Australia’s Five Most Dangerous Level Crossings

Source: Royal Automobile Association

  1. Pym Street, Dudley Park
  2. Railway Terrace, Coonalpyn
  3. Main North Road, Winninowie
  4. Port Flinders Causeway, Port Pirie
  5. Monteith Level Crossing, Tailem Bend West

“Installing bells and whistles and cameras at level crossings is all well and good but is not a solution,” Yahoo News Australia quotes South Australia (SA) Chief Executive Phil Sutherland saying on Monday.

“The real danger is that trains move quickly and quietly. (They) can travel up to 110km/h and it may take over a kilometre to stop a train once the brake is applied,” he adds.

Sutherland reports that between 2001 and 2010, 24 people were killed and 74 were injured due to level crossing accidents across SA. SA confirms that there is a major public safety issue at level crossings. The SA chief believes that the best way to prevent further deaths was to separate cars and trains by taking the roads over or under every intersection. “SA could also use the infrastructure injection to ‘build its way out’ of an economic slump,” Sutherland told Yahoo News Australia.

CCFA affirms that under or overpasses are urgently needed at South Australia’s most hazardous railway crossings to improve safety and create jobs, The Advertiser reports. Sutherland agrees with CCFA because “building under or overpasses at busy rail intersections would also improve productivity and reduce traffic congestion, especially at peak times.”

He further urges the government to invest in this kind of infrastructure to “stimulate the beleaguered local economy and create jobs.”