Funding secured for Keirnan Street rail crossing upgrades

Published on Wednesday, 30 August 2023 at 1:21:01 PM

Member for Darling Range Hugh Jones MLA, Whitby resident Sandra Hawkins and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale President Cr Michelle Rich at the site of the Keirnan Street rail crossing.

Important upgrades to the Keirnan Street rail crossing have moved a step closer with funding for the project now secured and planning underway.

Delivered by the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, the project will include the construction of a maze pedestrian crossing to improve safety at the railway located near the intersection of Keirnan Street and Soldiers Road.

A total $673,000 has been budgeted for the project over the next two years. The Shire will contribute $323,000, with a further $350,000 contributed by Main Roads WA.

Specifically, the Shire has budgeted $100,000 in the 2023/24 financial year to undertake planning and design works.

Situated between Whitby Estate and Court Grammar School, the rail crossing experiences high levels of foot traffic, vehicles and trains every day.

Whitby resident Sandra Hawkins has been a strong advocate for the installation of the rail crossing, and said this was a major step forward in improving safety on the suburb’s local roads.

“This is something that will help keep our community, particularly the young families, safe while they enjoy walking around outdoors,” Sandra said.

“I’ve been advocating for this rail crossing for years and it’s great to see it going ahead and to see the Shire and Main Roads working with our local community.”

The Shire will carry out the design and planning stages of the works throughout this financial year, with further timelines for site works and construction to be announced when available.

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Comments attributed to Shire President Cr Michelle Rich

“This new pedestrian crossing will help to ensure all students and parents enjoy safer commutes to and from school,”

“It will also provide better connection between Whitby and adjacent suburbs like Mundijong and Byford.

“Whitby residents have advocated strongly for these upgrades and the Shire is thrilled to secure funding to deliver the project.

“The Shire thanks the State Government and Main Roads WA for supporting our community.”


Comments attributed to Member for Darling Range Hugh Jones MLA

“I am very pleased that a solution to this long-standing issue has been worked through and that funding has been allocated,”

“Sandra Hawkins has been a tireless advocate for the Whitby community and has achieved a great result.”

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