Rail Safety Week: PTA urging travellers to stay off the tracks


Travellers are being urged to stay off the tracks, no matter what the situation.
Travellers are being urged to stay off the tracks, no matter what the situation.

WESTERN Australians are being urged to think about their behaviour around railway lines as the Public Transport Authority launches Rail Safety Week from August 15-21.

The campaign is designed to raise awareness about the consequences of carelessness around railway lines.

The three key messages the PTA wants people to consider are:

1.       If you drop something on the tracks, ask for help – don’t put yourself in danger to retrieve items yourself.

2.       A shortcut across the railway line isn’t worth it. Stay off the tracks.

3.       Pay attention to your surroundings when around the train tracks.

“Public transport is a common part of people’s daily routine so there’s potential to become complacent around trains,” PTA spokesman David Hynes said.

“It is important to remember to be alert to your surroundings, especially if you’re carrying a mobile phone or using headphones.”

Mr Hynes said motorists needed to be careful too.

“We recently carried out a two-month advertising blitz urging motorists not to try to beat the boom gates, and to ensure the road is clear on the other side before entering the crossing,” he said.