PT Problem of the Day: Level crossings cause delays to emergency services

September 3rd, 2012 (PT Problem of the Day)

It’s not just pedestrians, cyclists, trams, buses and motorists getting delayed by level crossings. It’s also a problem for emergency service vehicles.

As one paramedic told The Age last year (about the Clayton Road level crossing, near Monash Medical Centre), “If you go into cardiac arrest, think how much of someone’s brain is going to die in one minute, two minutes, three minutes. These are people who don’t have time to wait.”

It would make sense for the government to have a rolling programme to remove all level crossings across Melbourne — starting with those adjacent to hospitals and ambulance and fire stations, as well as those used by high frequency trams and bus services.

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