The PTA reiterates ‘Stay Off The Tracks’ message after man hit in Gosnells


The PTA’s Stay off the Tracks campaign aims to encourage personal responsibility.
The PTA’s Stay off the Tracks campaign aims to encourage personal responsibility.

THE Public Transport Authority (PTA) believes passengers, pedestrians and motorists must take responsibility when it comes to safety around rail lines.

A man was seriously injured when he was hit by a train at the Gosnells train station on November 4 after jumping a fence at the station while wearing headphones.

The train driver received counselling.

PTA spokesman David Hynes said people had to take responsibility for their actions.

“While the safety of anyone who interacts with our system is of utmost importance to the PTA, passengers, pedestrians and motorists who interface with the rail system must take some responsibility for their own safety,” he said.

“These incidents have a wide impact – not just on the victims and their families, but also on our railcar drivers, transit officers, station staff and other first-responders, as well as witnesses and our passengers.”

PTA categorises incidents involving serious injury, death or significant damage as ‘category A occurrences’.

According to the 2015/16 PTA financial report, there were six Category A notifiable occurrences reported to the regulator, compared with 11 incidents in 2014-15.

The PTA said there were 0.10 ‘category A’ occurrences per million passenger boardings in the 2015-16 period, 44.08 per cent below the 2014-15 result of 0.17 and 58.50 per cent below the 2015-16 target of 0.23.