Rockhampton Regional councillor Stephen Schwarten is concern that despite repairs underway to fix Main St's level crossing, the repairs will not fix the problem long term.
Rockhampton Regional councillor Stephen Schwarten is concern that despite repairs underway to fix Main St's level crossing, the repairs will not fix the problem long term.

Main St level crossing repairs underway to fix asphalt

STEPHEN Schwarten is pleased that Queensland Rail are commencing roadworks at the level crossing on Main St, after campaigning for months to have developed.

But he also expressed concerns over whether QR will do a satisfactory job.

Yesterday a track closure allowed QR to start major scheduled repairs, which include having the surface removed, the track repaired and a new, deeper asphalt layer compacted.

"The previous two jobs they did on it were very poor," Cr Schwarten said.

"According to my sources they lay concrete sleepers there and nothing to hold them up, which is why the asphalt kept breaking up.

"I hope this time they do a proper job and we don't have to go through this exercise again."

Since noticing the problem in August, Cr Schwarten has been lobbying council to put pressure on QR to fix the area.

He moved an urgency motion in October for council to write to QR regarding the problem.

"One of my prime concerns is road safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists in the communities that I represent," he said.



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