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1 July, 2021

Technology trial underway at Devon Park Road rail crossing

New technology will be trialled at Oakey’s Devon Park Road level crossing over the next six months, in an effort to further bolster safety at the site.

The trial is a result of collaboration between Queensland Rail and Toowoomba Regional Council.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said Queensland Rail and Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) had worked closely together to improve safety at the prominent intersection, with the new active safety technology complementing Council’s $230,000 upgrade of the road last year.

“From this month, active signage with flashing lights will be trialled on both approaches to the Devon Park Road level crossing, to determine whether this technology could have a positive impact on driver behaviour,” Mr Bailey said.

“The solar-powered system can maintain operation for up to 10 days without direct sunlight and, with wireless diagnostic tools, Queensland Rail will be able to remotely monitor its effectiveness, while also working with local authorities.

“Feedback from local police indicates some drivers have been ignoring the static signage, and due to their impatience, are unnecessarily putting theirs and other lives at risk.

“This complacency is extremely dangerous and could lead to near miss incidents or worse.

“Safety is Queensland Rail’s number one priority and, if the trial is deemed successful, the new technology could be rolled out to additional level crossings throughout regional Queensland. 

“Together with the Toowoomba Regional Council’s significant up-grade to the road last year, safety at the intersection is now greatly improved. 

“We’re calling on motorists to do their part and heed the warnings and the active signage now in place for everyone’s safety.”

TRC Infrastructure Committee Chair Cr Carol Taylor said prior to the extensive road improvements, Devon Park Road had seen general wear and tear given the level of heavy vehicle traffic.

“Council undertook $230,000 in works to improve Devon Park Road prior to the new Rail Active Crossing Safety System being installed,” she said.  

“The works were completed in September 2020 and included up-grading the previous single lane level crossing to a two-lane level crossing, asphalt surfacing, earthworks and new line markings.

“Council supports Queensland Rail in trialling this new system to improve safety for motorists as well as rail traffic at this level crossing, and potentially many other level crossings in rural and remote areas.  

“It’s a win-win outcome for Council and Queensland Rail but most importantly, for the community. 

“It’s a great example of what can be achieved when all levels of Government work together.”

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