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Focus on safety around the railway for Rail Safety Week


NEWS UPDATE 12.08.2016

Focus on safety around the railway for Rail Safety Week

Brookfield Rail highlights the need for increased vigilance around the tracks during Rail Safety Week.

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Brookfield Rail General Manager Safety, People and Corporate Affairs Megan McCracken said there is an obvious need to address the 340 incidents on or near the Brookfield Rail network in the last 12 months. Incidents include trespass, vandalism, hits and near hits with trains.

“At Brookfield Rail, we work hard to minimise the risks associated with the railway, however members of the community have a significant part to play in ensuring their own safety,” said Mrs McCracken.

“Together we can reduce the number of incidents on railways and ensure they are as safe as possible.”

Mrs McCracken said Rail Safety Week, held this year from 15 – 21 August, is a good reminder for members of the public to remain vigilant about rail safety.

“It is important that we work collaboratively to address this issue and remind members of the community of their responsibility to act safely around the rail network,” said Mrs McCracken.

“Each rail safety incident reported on our network could have easily been avoided if people had taken better care around the railway.

“Remember, a train on the network can weigh more than 14,000 tonnes and may be travelling at speeds up to 130km per hour.

“Due to train size, length and weight, it can take a train up to 2km to stop. That’s almost the equivalent of 11 football fields.

“At Brookfield Rail our largest priority has always been safety. Safety of our people and safety in the communities in which we operate.

“We all have a role to play in ensuring the safety around the railway tracks. Waiting just a couple of minutes for a train to pass, or taking extra caution around the railway tracks, could save your life.”

The Rail Safety Week Campaign runs from Monday 15 August through to Sunday 21 August 2016 across Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit


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