As highlighted in The Age on Friday, there is a disconnect between the laws around level crossings and how many of them work.
Crossings that allow access to stations with island platforms are required by PTV standards to have gates that operate independently, opening and closing according to which track(s) have approaching trains.
But the law demands that even if a gate is open and no train is coming on that track, pedestrians should instead obey the lights and other warnings of the adjacent vehicle crossing.
This makes no sense. The law (and the signage) should be changed to reflect that in the situation pictured above, it is logical, and pefectly safe to cross the tracks where the gate is open and there is no train coming.
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(Photo credit: Kevin on Twitter)