Rio warning on rail network
■ Rio Tinto is reminding people travelling around the Pilbara to stay safe around its increasingly busy heavyhaul Pilbara rail network during the school holidays next week.
More than 50 public level crossings on the Rio Tinto network have been upgraded with flashing lights and warning bells. Many also have boom gates and advanced warning signals.
Rio Tinto general manager for rail operations Zara Fisher said at this time of the year more people were travelling to favourite recreational spots, some of which are accessed by crossing the rail network.
“At any one time we have over 50 trains on the rail network and with operations getting busier, it’s important everyone practises safe behaviours around our trains and tracks,” she said. “We have recently been promoting our rail safety messages throughout Rail Safety Week, by advertising in the local media and at the FeNaClNG and Nameless festivals, but unfortunately we are still seeing unsafe behaviours by people on our network.”
Late last year the remaining crossings were fenced, gated and locked to improve safety.
Ms Fisher said most level crossings now had CCTV cameras to monitor the area in the case of any obstructions and this footage had shown recent examples of unsafe behaviours.
A map can be accessed via the website looklistenlive.com.au that shows the rail level crossing locations open to the public.
The Rio Tinto access road remains unchanged and anyone who holds a valid permit can use the road.
Rio Tinto is reminding people travelling around the region to stay safe around its Pilbara rail network during the school holidays next week.