Safety message on track trespassing

Crossing the line: the couple pictured on the Guildford tracks. Picture: J Bianchini
Crossing the line: the couple pictured on the Guildford tracks. Picture: J Bianchini

THE Public Transport Authority has warned that people trespassing on railway tracks to take photographs are risking serious injury or death, as well as prosecution.

It follows the Reporter’s published image last week of a couple posing for an engagement or wedding photo on a pedestrian crossing near Guildford station.

In the background a photographer can be seen standing in the middle of the railway, outside the pedestrian crossing zone.

PTA spokeswoman Claire Krol said stopping for photos on an operational railway was a very poor decision.

“There is never a good reason to stray outside the marked pedestrian zones on a crossing, or even to pause longer than is necessary,” she said.

“The photographer in particular appears to have committed the offence of trespass on PTA property which results in a summons to appear in court with a range of possible penalties.”

Ms Krol said everyone should be aware how dangerous railways can be.

“A six-car train can weigh up to 90 tonnes and can take hundreds of metres to stop after the brakes are applied,” she said.

“There is no photo in the world important enough to risk your life.”

The PTA has recently launched a new Stay off the Tracks campaign.

For more information about the PTA’s rail safety program, visit www.righttrack.wa.gov.au