Oh looky. Can't use get through the gates anymore. Fortunately the pedestrian gates still work and I was able to pop through to the other side with great safety. Safe, because there is person in the little hut to lock the gates closed when a train is coming. That is I assume from first train at around 5 am to the last at perhaps 1am. That would be three staff per day I guess, with more to cover for days off, holidays, sickness etc. What an astonishing waste of money and it has been like this for years.
Two hundred metres closer to the city is an pedestrian crossing without anyone to lock gates. Admittedly it is a modern and safe design, but there is still the onus on the person to check for approaching trains.
Something went wrong with the railway gates and or signalling one day in 2007 and a train hit the manually operated railway gates. They were then temporarily closed, now permanently. As wonderful as the old gates are, and with someone manually opening and closing them, they really are an anachronism.
New Street is a quiet street, quieter perhaps because of the closed gates. It was easy to take a photo standing on the road. The crossing would have surely have been one of the quietest in Melbourne. It is only ranked as number 223 in the level crossing upgrade ranking in Victoria. Yet, it has jumped to already having a $2 million budget allocation for a car underpass to be built.
The residents of Brighton tend to be very wealthy and influential and their local politician clever and experienced. Even so, the decision doesn't follow the usual rule of largess for marginal electorates, but more like payback, perhaps for a supporter or a job well done.
The crossing from the beach side.
Standing in the middle of the ultra quiet New Street. The pedestrian gates where the sign is are looked by a lever mechanism in the lean to next to the gate keeper's hut.
Two hundred metres closer to the city is an uncontrolled crossing. My word, that must be dangerous, even though I can't find any statistics of numbers of people killed while crossing.