Bethania Rail Crossing Announced
Published: 3 March 2017
People power in Bethania has helped to deliver a much needed alternative rail crossing for emergency vehicles.
The State Government has committed funding to construct a secondary rail line crossing which will give emergency vehicles the ability to cross the tracks when the Station Rd level crossing is closed due to malfunctions or trains stopped on the line.
Mayor Luke Smith said the announcement would relieve anxiety for many living in the vicinity of the rail line.
“There are a number of aged care and senior-friendly housing developments in that area and the people living there have done so knowing that an ambulance might not reach them when they need it most,” Cr Smith said.
"The community has been fighting for this outcome for many years.
“I attended meetings with community members, the State Member for Waterford, Shannon Fentiman, and Queensland Rail to discuss this issue so Council is pleased agreement has been reached to construct the crossing.
"I congratulate Minister Fentiman on supporting our community’s push for a simple solution that could one day save a life.”
Council pledged to commit $200,000 towards the second crossing construction in late 2015 to help deliver the project more quickly.
“Queensland Rail had estimated the project would cost $670,000 so Council, in an act of good faith, agreed to contribute to expedite the works,” said Mayor Smith.
“It’s taken longer than many people in that community would have liked but we now have an outcome that gives residents and their families security in knowing emergency services can reach them.”
The secondary emergency vehicle crossing will be located between Church Rd and Holzheimer Rd.
More information about construction timelines and impacts on train services should be sought from Queensland Rail.