Offenders who get caught trespassing on the Sydney Trains network and are fortunate not to be injured or killed, face up to $5,500 in fines.
Speaking during Rail Safety Week, NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said people were putting lives at risk when taking shortcuts across train tracks.
“People are playing Russian roulette with a 400-tonne train and it needs to stop,” Mr Constance said.
“People need to know trains travel at speeds of more than 100km/h, they take a significant distance to stop and give little to no warning of their approach.”
Executive Director for the TrackSAFE Foundation, Naomi Frauenfelder said rail safety is a year-round commitment and the community to be aware and alert when interacting with the rail network.
“It cannot be stated enough, rail safety is everyone’s responsibility,” she said.