Big electronic traffic management boards with level crossing safety messages will shortly be on display along the Portland railway line, urging motorists to stay safe.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has taken the step to raise awareness about level crossing safety with daily trains returning to the railway line and recent ‘near-hit’ incidents at level crossings in the area.
Motorists travelling between Portland and Hamilton (VIC) are being reminded to give way to trains and avoid putting their lives at risk.
“We are appealing to local motorists to take extra care at level crossings on the Portland rail line and as a simple reminder to be safe at all level crossings generally,” ARTC’s General Manager Asset Management– Interstate, Brian Green said today.
“Every near hit between a train and motorist could result in the loss of life or serious injury.”
Most level crossing incidents in Australia are the result of either motorist inattention or risk-taking behaviour.
“While freight trains can be infrequent, and may look like they are travelling slow, it is important to exercise caution at every level crossing,” Mr Green said.
“Daily train services have recently returned to the area and unlike passenger trains, freight trains can operate on an ad hoc basis and at varying times. That means motorists should expect a train at any time along the Portland line.”
Trains are carrying thousands of tonnes of freight so they just can’t stop in time if a motorist decides to run the gauntlet, Mr Green said.
“We are urging the community to be vigilant around local level crossings, respect the road rules and above all else be careful so they can get home safe to their family and loved ones.”
Media contact: Bas Bolyn, ARTC, 0477 340 658