Ashburton District Council is having to consider whether to proceed with the installation of half-arm barriers at Northpark Road rail crossing after learning the barrier arms will not be funded by the NZ Transport Agency.
The Agency had already approved funding for flashing lights and bells at the Northpark Road rail crossing which were installed in September last year, but the installation of barrier arms needed to follow a separate funding request process.
Mayor Angus McKay says following the installation of the warning bells and lights the Agency took another look at the crossing.
"The Agency felt these safety measures have significantly reduced the risk of further crashes and fatalities at this rail crossing and therefore will not be funding the additional half-arm barriers in the foreseeable future."
Mayor McKay says he understood Council had secured the funding to deliver a safety measure that the community feels is needed for the crossing.
"What we're learning is the lights and bells already installed are sufficient enough for that crossing under the assessment system. We can still go ahead and have the half-arm barriers fitted, but it will be at Council's expense."
The cost to install half-arm barrier arms is about $100,000.
The Mayor is disappointed all three safety measures have not been funded on this occasion but looks forward to working with the Agency on future projects.