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Works continue for $21.8m Bundaberg rail crossing project in QLD


Posted by Monica Gameng

More works are underway on the $21.8 million Bundaberg rail resignalling project in Queensland with works to upgrade the Bourbong Street crossing commencing this week. This is the second out of the four crossings to be upgraded under the multi-million dollar investment.

The rail resignalling project is set to improve pedestrian safety as well as help reduce ongoing maintenance and risk of delays on the road.

“It’s great to see the Bundaberg resignalling project progressing well, with a new pedestrian maze, flashing lights and audible alarms now being installed at the Bourbong Street pedestrian crossing.

“Over the course of the entire project, more than 150 local jobs will be supported, providing a boon for the local economy. Additionally, traffic control will be in place to guide pedestrians through a detour around the construction site to ensure their safety, and so works can continue unobstructed,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.

Works are also ramping up on the Perry Street crossing and it is expected to be commissioned later in 2019, while works to upgrade the Walker Street and Hanbury Street crossings are anticipated to begin in April and August 2019 respectively.

In addition to the crossing upgrades, the $21.8 million project will also include replacing the region’s signalling system to a more modern and reliable one that will also require less maintenance. A new signalling system will also help reduce traffic impacts when there is a fault.

“Currently, Bundaberg’s rail signalling system is linked, which means that when there is a power fault or other unprecedented failure, all of the rail crossings in the area are activated as a safety precaution, with the potential to cause widespread traffic impacts.

“By installing this new signalling technology across the Bundaberg rail network, the railway crossings at Hanbury Street, Perry Street, Maynard Road, Thabeban Road and Verdant Siding Road will then operate independently of one another,” Mr Bailey said.

Mr Bailey added that the new signalling system will isolate any incident or fault at one crossing, reducing the impacts to pedestrians and motorists at other crossings.

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Source: Queensland Government; Rail Express

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.