Pedestrian crossing funding a win for people power

The Victorian Government investing in a new pedestrian crossing on Gilles Street is a win for common sense.

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell has welcomed a government announcement it was providing $300,000 for a passive maze pedestrian crossing over the rail line but questioned why it had taken so long.

“The crossing is an important link between the city and our foreshore,” Ms Britnell said.

“Public access has been closed for more than two years despite constant lobbying efforts, and now the government says it has listened to our community’s calls for a crossing.

“This is a win for people power, but it does beg the question why it has taken since August, 2019, for the government to finally take action.

“We constantly hear about the billions of dollars being spent on transport infrastructure in the city, so it really should not have taken this long for the government to invest in this simple solution.”

Construction on the crossing is expected to be completed in the coming months.

Ms Britnell said she had worked closely with Warrnambool City Council in lobbying the Public Transport Minister to fund a new crossing.

“Having a direct link between the CBD and Lake Pertobe area is extremely important for South Warrnambool residents, and indeed our entire community,” she said.

“Safety is of paramount importance, so this is a good result despite the fact it has taken so long.”

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