If Mr. Abbott gets into power, we can kiss goodbye to any spending on rail in favour of roads. HE HAS SAID SO, so it will devolve on a Labor state government to try to find the funds to electrify the Gawler line (a first priority) and that is not going to be done if we spend money on protecting people against themselves.
Does any of you really think that a person bent on suicide won't find another way to accomplish that end, like for instance ducking under the road boom barriers at the opportune moment?
An upgraded lockable pedestrian crossing is as far as society should be reasonably required to go to protect the foolish and unwary. I mentioned that there is ample room to keep people who are inadvertently caught on a crossing safe in the escape enclosure while the train passes, including prams and wheelchairs. I made a mistake in suggesting that the openable escape gate which is misused to gain last moment access to the crossing should be welded shut.
What about increasing the height of all of the crossing fencing to above head height and spiking its top (try jumping that with your baggage) and making the escape gate automatically lockable at the same time as or even momentarily before the main access gates. This would be far cheaper than providing underpasses.
Again I ask. Do you presumed advocates of rail transport really think that the most expensive options will ever be built while we have governments hell bent on advantaging road transport? And, while I'm at it, also 'giving' us, at our cost, a very expensive third grade part copper wire ''broadband'??????