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Stand back. Look up. Stay rail safe this Rail Safety Week

Rail Safety Week is running this week, 9-15 August. It is an annual community awareness week held in Australia & New Zealand, designed to engage the community in safe rail practices. Canberra Metro Operations (CMET) is proud to once again be supporting this great initiative, calling on the Canberra community to stay RailSAFE all year-round.

This Rail Safety Week we are proud to support Vanessa Low, TrackSAFE Foundation Ambassador, Paralympic and World Championship medalist and rail accident survivor. From someone who knows more than most that a single moment can change a life for ever, Vanessa asks that you please…Stand back. Look up. Stay rail safe.

Together let’s raise the importance of safety on and around the light rail, and stay SAFE around the light rail year-round;

S – stay off the tracks

A – avoid distractions

F – follow instructions

E – encourage others to be SAFE

S – stay off the tracks

  • When getting off a light rail vehicle and crossing the tracks, do so only on a green man, as a light rail vehicle coming from the opposite direction may be hidden
  • Road users be aware of traffic signals, intersections and road line markings when driving near the tracks
  • Pedestrians only cross the tracks at designated walkways

A – avoid distractions

  • Please pay attention around the tracks and stops. Remember to pay attention and take responsibility when using the light rail.
  • Pedestrians be alert to your surroundings, limit distractions such as mobile phones and headphones when walking around or across light rail tracks.

F – follow instructions

  • Stand behind the yellow line on the platform at all times.
  • When getting off a light rail vehicle and crossing the tracks, do so only on a green pedestrian signal, as a light rail vehicle may be hidden, approaching from the opposite direction.

E – encourage others to be SAFE

  • If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of others, please use the Emergency Help Point on platforms and on board light rail vehicles to contact staff.
  • If you would like to provide feedback use the contact us section on the Transport Canberra website or call 13 17 10.

 

It is important to remember that being SAFE doesn’t just impact you. A moment of distraction, crossing at a red light or rushing across the tracks can have a lasting physical and/or emotional impact on the driver, passengers and others who work on and around the light rail.