August 12-18 is Rail Safety Week (RSW), a TrackSAFE initiative that is now in its 14th year.
RSW aims to improve education around railway level crossing and track safety.
RSW raises awareness about the potentially devastating consequences of not exercising caution or obeying the rules around railways and tram networks.
The damage caused by a single level crossing incident between a train and a heavy vehicle has been, and will continue to be, the single most costly incident in terms of potential loss of life and economic impact for the rail industry.
Australia's rail network is the sixth largest in the world, with 44,000 kilometres of track and 23,500 level crossings across the network.
There are sadly hundreds of collisions between pedestrians or vehicles with trains at level crossings resulting in death or serious injury every year.
Across the Hume Police District there are many level crossings - some freight only and others a combination of passenger and freight. Not all trains on these lines run to a timetable and their hours of travel are unpredictable.
Pedestrians and motorists must remember:
- Trains can take a kilometre to stop.
- Stop, look and listen before crossing.
- Don't "race" a train across a crossing.
- Ensure there is enough space for your car on the other side before you cross.
Think of your safety and that of the train crew and passengers when you approach level crossings.
- For more go to www.tracksafefoundation.com.au.