Rail in­ci­dents cast sober track record

Narrogin Observer - - Observer News - John Dob­son

The Great South­ern’s rail­way net­work man­ager is con­cerned about the num­ber of near-misses and tres­pass­ing on the re­gion’s rail lines, with 14 in­ci­dents recorded this past fi­nan­cial year.

Arc In­fra­struc­ture, which man­ages the thou­sands of kilo­me­tres of line in the re­gion, in­clud­ing Nar­ro­gin’s, made a pub­lic plea for safety around rail­way lines as part of Rail Safety Week ear­lier this month.

The com­pany’s re­gional lead Great South­ern Roy Spurr said in­ci­dents of driv­ers dic­ing with death at rail­way cross­ings and van­dal­ism within the rail cor­ri­dor were par­tic­u­larly con­cern­ing.

"Many of these in­ci­dents were a re­sult of peo­ple not pay­ing at­ten­tion or be­com­ing com­pla­cent around the rail­way,” he said.

"We work hard to min­imise the risks as­so­ci­ated with the rail­way, how­ever, mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have a sig­nif­i­cant part to play in en­sur­ing their own safety.

"Each of these in­ci­dents could have eas­ily been avoided if peo­ple had taken bet­ter care around the rail­way.

"Due to train size, length and weight, it can take a train up to 2km to stop.

“That’s al­most the equiv­a­lent of 11 foot­ball fields.”

There were 15 in­ci­dents in the re­gion in the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year.

Ear­lier this year, CBH Group which op­er­ates grain trains on the net­work, released a se­ries of videos of near misses at rail­way cross­ings in the Great South­ern.

In one video, a truck al­most col­lides with a train on a level cross­ing near Mt Barker, while in an­other a car drives to­wards the train at night on the rail­way.

In the last 12 months, al­most 220 in­ci­dents oc­curred on Arc In­fra­struc­ture’s net­work across WA, in­clud­ing tres­pass, van­dal­ism, hits and near hits with trains.

CBH Group has released a se­ries of videos of near misses at rail­way cross­ings in the Great South­ern.

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