Improving Safety At Dendy Street Level Crossing

Two pedestrian level crossings on Dendy Street in Brighton will be upgraded, making it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross the railway tracks, especially local school students.

The $2.8 million upgrade at both Burrows Street and New Street will see active warning systems installed, with alarms and automatic pedestrian gates to alert people to oncoming trains.

New, more accessible pathways including surface treatments will be laid over the rail tracks, as well as new fencing installed.

It follows a number of pedestrian level crossing upgrades delivered in the region over the past few years, including at Union Street in Windsor, and both Hampton Street and Grenville Street in Hampton.

Discussions on what safety improvements could be made for students took place with members of the St Joan of Arc Primary School community.

Interim safety measures are currently in place, including temporary signage on the gates and improved wayfinding on the path for pedestrians, including ‘Wait Here’ line marking.

Metro Trains has also worked directly with the school community on rail safety issues, including a series of school rail safety awareness sessions undertaken last year. It is part of an annual program of classroom visits undertaken by Metro to teach children how to be safe around trains.

Rail crossing upgrades are assessed and prioritised by the Department of Transport and Victorian Railway Crossing Safety Steering Committee based on incident history, risk, and emerging pressures such as local development or population growth.

Works at the crossings will be completed by late 2022.