Michael Grounds shows where the zig-zag safety lines disappear on the railway tracks in Kent Street.
Michael Grounds shows where the zig-zag safety lines disappear on the railway tracks in Kent Street. Jocelyn Watts

Tracks remain a bicycle hazard

A MARYBOROUGH resident is “more concerned than ever somebody is going to break their neck” while bike-riding in the CBD because of a “dangerous” strip of railway lines along Kent Street.

Michael Grounds said he was thrown off his bike and his helmet smashed in June when he attempted to cross the lines near the intersection of Kent and March streets.

“I’d been coming in and out of town every day and had gotten fairly used to crossing the tracks ... but on this day I had to approach the lines from a different angle.

“As soon as my wheels hit the railway lines my front wheel dropped into the tracks and I was thrown off the bike.

“I went back to look and you can see there’s a section of tracks without the welded on zig-zag strips to help with grip.”

Mr Grounds said he spent a month trying to get some action from the Fraser Coast council before he was pointed in the direction of Queensland Transport and eventually Queensland Rail.

“(Queensland Rail) initially promised the track would be fixed by October or November.

“Now it’s December and still nothing has happened. I imagine lots of people have probably injured themselves on the track.”

Yesterday he said he received a call from a Queensland Rail staff member “who now tells me they’re aiming to have it done in February”.

A Queensland Rail spokesperson confirmed this: “Queensland Rail is aware of the situation on Kent Street and has committed resources to have the problem fixed early in the new year.”

“Well if they had have told me they were going to the job in February I wouldn’t have taken it this far,” Mr Grounds said.

“I understand that there’s not money just lying around but I believe this situation needs to be fixed as soon as possible.”



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