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Level-crossing accident a wake-up call

Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch said yesterday’s accident at the Woy Woy level-crossing is a wake-up call for the NSW Government and their decade-long broken promise to fix it.

25 November 2021

 

DETAILS of yesterday’s morning’s incident are yet to emerge, however early reports say a car was clipped by a train at the crossing but no one was injured.

 

The Liberal Government made the commitment to fix the dangerous level crossing in 2011 during the state election campaign.

 

Then, Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell, flanked by former Liberal Candidate for Gosford Chris Holstein, announced a $30 million commitment to fix Woy Woy Road including the Rawson Road Level Crossing and the underpass.

 

In 2016, the NSW Liberal Government walked away from the commitment due to cost blowouts and disagreements with the former Gosford City Council

 

A decade later, the deadly level-crossing remains in place and the NSW Liberal Government still has no plan to fix this chronically dangerous part of our transport system.

 

Ms Tesch has written a letter to the NSW Transport Minister asking for an update about the 2011 NSW Government commitment and what plans Transport for NSW has to make the level-crossing safer.

 

She has already raised concerns with Council Administrator, Rik Hart about the level-crossing and will again urge Council to work with the NSW Government to prioritise investment for an appropriate solution.

 

Ms Tesch is very grateful no one was harmed and has continued to call on the NSW Liberal Government to revisit their broken promise.

 

“It’s been a decade since the NSW Liberal Government promised to fix this level-crossing, this is a wake-up call that we need to fix this for the safety of our community,” said Ms Tesch.

 

“I hope the Minister will understand the Woy Woy level crossing is an urgent safety concern for residents”

 

Local resident Steve Larkin who witnessed the incident said: “All you heard was a boom and the car had turned sideways.

 

“I am happy no one was hurt but it can be dangerous. You get the odd person who wants to beat everyone home but usually most people are pretty careful.”

 

Level crossing safety was raised in the NSW Parliament last week by Shadow Minister for Regional Transport, Jenny Aitchison after another death in rural NSW.

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