Controversy has reportedly shrouded the usually peaceful surrounds of the Diamond Valley Railway, as local residents express their disappointment at plans to remove a number of the level crossings at the site. While the plans were intended to increase safety on the line, and ease traffic congestion during peak periods, some regular visitors are concerned about a potential loss of character for the iconic train line.

Speaking exclusively to The Watsonia Bugle, one disgruntled local said, “It’s outrageous. Do you know that in some sections it will be raised by up to two metres? And what about the noise pollution during the construction phase. Besides, I just don’t think it’s necessary. I mean, the crossings actually add character to the whole experience. And everyone loves getting their photo taken standing next to the X-shaped signs. Nobody wants their photo taken standing under a giant eyesore of an overpass. I’m not happy.”