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Pedestrians including the elderly, parents with prams and people with disabilities have just seconds to cross a Hampton train crossing after a train comes around a nearby bend. A train rounds the bend towards the Grenville St rail crossing. Picture: Shaun Campbell
Leader last week timed a train taking 14 seconds to reach the Grenville St crossing, which is about 10m wide, after it came into sight. Before the train could be seen, only a faint sound of the horn could be heard.
Fourteen seconds was not long enough for grandmother Gloria Holmes, when she was[color=#0076bf] hit and killed by a train on April 15.[/color]
Residents have [color=#0076bf]long warned of the dangers of the deadly crossing, which is without lights or sirens. [color=#0076bf]Promised safety upgrade works were cancelled[/color] just months before the tragedy.[/color]
Ronda Held, chief executive of COTA Victoria, which advocates for older people, said the lack of crossing time could have disastrous consequences for the elderly or people with disabilities.
Ms Held said gates and sound warnings “absolutely” needed to be installed.
“Our public transport needs to be accessible for people of all ages and we need to cater for the fact that people slow down as they get older,” Ms Held said.
A train rounds the bend towards the Grenville St rail crossing. Picture: Shaun CampbellMetro Trains’ website states trains usually travel at 110km/h and at 80km/h when speed restrictions are in force.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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