Vandalism to fences erected on Thursday at the Mercury Street railway crossing causes $30,000 of damage and will require a stronger structure.
Vandalism to fences erected on Thursday at the Mercury Street railway crossing causes $30,000 of damage and will require a stronger structure. Chrissy Harris

Crossing destroyed by vandals

VANDALS have caused $30,000 damage to a pedestrian crossing installed for the community's safety at a busy local road.

Fences were destroyed in parts overnight Thursday, as panels were kicked in from one end of the walkway to the other at the Mercury Street railway crossing.

Aspect 3 site manager Andy Stevenson is overseeing the implementation of the safety measure and was clearly angered by the act, which means a complete re-think for designers.

“It didn't last 18 hours,” he said. “For it to be vandalised by idiots, they're taking people's lives in their hands.”

The walkway was only brought into commission late Thursday and work began dismantling the fence immediately. The fence was deemed to be unsafe for pedestrians, due to sharp edges protruding from the structure.

Aspect 3 is in an alliance with QR to carry out the work, and the bill is expected to almost double from its original cost.

“Just looking at what will have to occur, the price will climb from $80,000 to $140,000, as we'll need to install a more secure style of fencing,” Mr Stevenson said.

The boom gates were opened about six weeks ago, Mr Stevenson said, and the walkway was the completion of the project.

“This needs to be done as it's a requirement from the Gladstone Regional Council.”

“What's happened is very disappointing, and it's now closed off due to stupidity.”



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