Rio warn­ing on rail net­work

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

■ 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.

Pic­ture: Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is re­mind­ing peo­ple trav­el­ling around the re­gion to stay safe around its Pil­bara rail net­work dur­ing the school hol­i­days next week.

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