Trespassing and Vandalism

We take the safety of our customers, the general public and our staff and contractors very seriously.

Every year in Australia there are on average 166 collisions between trains and people or vehicles, including 35 fatalities. These devastate families, communities and train drivers.

For everyone’s safety, only ever cross the train track at designated level crossings. Not only is crossing at an unmarked spot extremely dangerous, it’s also illegal. It is also vital to remember that trains always have a right of way at level crossings. Never jump fences, gates or barriers at crossings. Railway tracks are also not to be used as pedestrian walking tracks.

What is trespassing?

Trespassing involves unlawfully entering land that’s privately owned.

It’s unsafe to take a shortcut over tracks. People do this when running to catch train services or to avoid walking further to a designated crossing. This is dangerous and illegal – you can receive a significant fine and criminal charge, plus it could result in serious injury or death. Trains can’t halt quickly if a driver sees an impending hazard. It takes some trains up to 2km to completely stop.

Why is so much rail track unfenced?

With thousands of kilometres of track, it’s not viable to fence the entire rail corridor.

Even if there’s no fencing, unauthorised entry is not permitted onto railway land under any circumstances.

Access roads adjacent to the rail track are for maintenance purposes and emergency services only, and are usually chained at the entry points. Please don’t enter those areas by foot or by vehicle.

We have ARTC Security Patrols and trackside staff empowered to instruct anyone without permission on railway corridor land to leave immediately, or to take any other necessary action.

What are the penalties for trespassing?

We take trespassing seriously and will contact police immediately if we’re aware of illegal trespass.

If you witness anyone illegally trespassing, please report to police immediately by calling 000.

Individuals caught trespassing face significant consequences, including fines up to $5,000.

What is vandalism?

Vandalism is an act where an individual intentionally causes damage to property. This includes:

  • Graffiti
  • Dumping of rubbish and waste
  • General litter
  • Damage to railway infrastructure such as fences, bridges, signage and tracks.

Interference with rail infrastructure is a breach under National Rail Safety Laws.

Dumping of rubbish is investigated and can lead to prosecution by ARTC and the EPA.

Graffiti is an ongoing problem for all rail operators, as it is for all property owners. We respond to graffiti as funding and resources permit. If graffiti might impact safety, we remove it as a priority.

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