Rail Safety Week reminds of dangers around railway tracks

Published: 27 Sep 2016

Over 1800 slips, trips and falls over the last year show the dangers around railway tracks are ever-present.

Customers of the NSW rail network are reminded of the dangers around railway tracks, with new vision showing near misses of trespassers in rail corridors and slips and falls on station platforms.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance made the warning as part of Rail Safety Week with the Chief Executives of Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink, Howard Collins and Rob Mason.

“All too often we see people slipping and falling as they rush around station platforms, or not pay attention and fall through the gap,” Mr Constance said.

There were over 1,800 slips, trips and falls recorded on the network last year, while police charged more than 80 people and issued over 240 infringements for trespass and rail corridor offences.

Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink are urging customers to:

    • obey the signals at level crossings,
    • mind the gap between the train and platform
    • walk and never run on the platform or down steps
    • keep a firm hold and apply the brakes when travelling with a pram or stroller, and
    • ensure mobile phones are not a distraction

Rail Safety Week 2016 runs from 15-21 August and is led nationally by the TrackSAFE Foundation with the theme “Rail safety – it’s everyone's responsibility”

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