Rail crossing signs altered to 'not in use'

Rail crossing signs are being changed on the Eyre Peninsula almost 12 months following the cessation of rail freight in May 2019 by Genesee and Wyoming Australia.

The move follows the call for stop signs to be removed last year by the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association, to allow for easier movements of heavy vehicles transporting grain during harvest.

Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council chief executive officer Rod Pearson said GWA, now known as One Rail Australia, received permission from the Minister for Transport Stephan Knoll to change crossing signs on the Eyre Peninsula network to 'rail crossing not in use'.

"The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula has given permission for the signs to be changed on council owned roads, noting this will be positively received by drivers on Eyre Peninsula," he said.

"Signs at the entrance to the Viterra site in Cummins have already been changed, which will be well received by the trucking contractors transporting grain to Port Lincoln."

A One Rail Australia spokesperson said they were liaising with relevant councils.

"One Rail Australia Pty Ltd is in the process of changing the signs, and has commenced around Cummins township and will work down towards Port Lincoln within the boundaries of the Lower Eyre Peninsula council," they said.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure was contacted but did not respond by deadline.

EPLGA president and Tumby Bay mayor Sam Telfer said it was encouraging to have voices being heard with these changes starting to happen.

"To have stop signs at crossings which aren't in use is a ridiculous situation, and I hope it can be rolled out across the peninsula," he said.