Motorists in a muddle

DON'T STOP: Councillor Simon Croce at the Kooringal Avenue level crossing that's causing confusion but set to save congestion.

DON'T STOP: Councillor Simon Croce at the Kooringal Avenue level crossing that's causing confusion but set to save congestion.

GRIFFITH drivers are creatures of habit judging by the confused faces and beeping horns at the Kooringal Avenue railway crossing.

The $940,000 railway level crossing was finished on Sunday and the usual stop signs have been dispensed with in favour of boom gates, tipped to reduce congestion and increase driver safety.

The chairman of the city's transport management committee Simon Croce was thrilled with the new installation and even more thrilled the state government paid for it.

"In the overall scheme of things replacing the stop signs with boom gates might only seem like a saving of a few seconds but it will have a big convenience factor," Cr Croce said.

"It will not only lighten congestion here, but also at the Burrell Place intersection as well.

"Fortunately the state government kicked the tin and ratepayers didn't have to foot the bill."

Motorists are continuing to stop at the crossing and have been reminded it is no longer necessary.

The only time they need to stop is when flashing red lights and booms gates are activated for oncoming trains.

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