Warnings around level train crossings

The Rutland Road-Muchea South Road railway crossing.        d439086
The Rutland Road-Muchea South Road railway crossing.        d439086

THE manager of WA’s freight rail network has reminded motorists and pedestrians to be careful around level crossings.

Brookfield Rail safety manager Adam Sidebottom said incidents across the company’s 5500km network in the past year included vehicles running through stop signs or lights or running into boomgates.

He said there had been three incidents reported around Midland and Millendon.

Train drivers were continually surprised by the risks people took to beat the train.

“Safety is our priority and we work hard to minimise the risks associated with railways and trains, however members of the community have a significant part to play in being aware and vigilant around the tracks,” Mr Sidebottom said.

He said because trains had right of way, it was up to road users to respect the rules at level crossings.

“On our network, a train can weigh more than 14,000 tonnes and may be travelling at up to 90km/h, which means they cannot just stop quickly,” he said.