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Don't put your life on the line

Posted: Sunday 14 August 2011

National Rail Safety Week is 22-28 August and rail operators in each state will be running education campaigns to raise awareness of rail safety.

Each year, we support National Rail Safety Week to raise awareness of potentially dangerous behaviour that can lead to safety incidents and injuries:

  • Trespassing on the railway tracks and level crossing safety
  • Running for a train i.e. slips and falls
  • Getting stuck in the train doors
  • Minding the gap between the train and the platform
  • Standing behind the yellow line.

This year, the national theme is 'safer railways, for safer communities', with a particular focus on the important issue of trespassing on the train tracks. Trespass is incredibly dangerous, it's illegal, and it runs the risk of serious injury or death.

In 2010, there were 3,571 trespass incidents reported across the CityRail network. Unfortunately, 24 of those incidents led to serious injury or fatality. These incidents have a profound impact on our train drivers and other staff.

CityRail is urging passengers, pedestrians and drivers to stay off the tracks and remind them that crossing at non-marked areas comes with a penalty of up to $5,500. Most accidents are easy to avoid by crossing the train tracks via the footbridge, underpass or at designated pedestrian railway crossings.

If you see anyone crossing train tracks illegally, report it to the police by calling 000. If you know of someone who regularly goes on the tracks, you can make an anonymous report to CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

Visit the Trainsmart website website for more information on rail safety.

National Rail Safety Week (NRSW) is an Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) initiative. For more information visit the National Rail Safety Week website.

National Rail Safety Week