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Advocacy leads to Grenville Street railway crossing reopening

Monday, August 10, 2020

A campaign by Council and the community to improve safety at the crossing has paid off with the Victorian Government announcing an upgrade this week.

Hampton pedestrians will be able to cross the railway crossing at Grenville/Orlando Streets again following the upgrade, scheduled to take place at the end of 2020.

Bayside Mayor, Cr Clarke Martin said the announcement was great news for Hampton residents.

“This announcement is the result of a considerable campaign by Council and the community, working together. I’d like to acknowledge the efforts of the Fix Grenville Street Crossing group and Stuart Worn in particular, who have worked tirelessly to get the gates reopened.”

“This railway crossing is an important route between Hampton Street and the beach/foreshore for many pedestrians. It will be great to see it back in action by the warmer months.”

Cr Martin also expressed thanks to local state representatives Nina Taylor MLC, James Newbury MP and Clifford Hayes MLC, for their strong support of the campaign.

The campaign to improve safety and reopen the crossing followed the tragic death of an older citizen in 2019.

Council has worked with the community to advocate for safety upgrades at the crossing and installed stickers to alert pedestrians about this dangerous rail crossing.

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