Level crossing safety on track at Australian National Field Days


Level crossing safety will be at the forefront of the Transport for NSW display at the Australian National Field Days at Borenore this weekend.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the exhibition would remind the 20,000 people attending the field days why it is important to pay attention at level crossings.

“Despite the obvious danger, too many motorists continue to take risks around level crossings,” Mr Toole said.

“The display includes interviews with train drivers on a large LED screen as well as a car that was involved in a crash with a train. Miraculously the driver walked away from the crash, however many aren’t so lucky.”

Between July 2008 and June 2019, there were 72 collisions between trains and road vehicles at level crossings in NSW, which resulted in eight fatalities. More than 100 near misses were also reported in that time.

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Transport Stephen Bromhead said although incidents had declined in recent years there was an average of six crashes a year at level crossings in the past 11 years.

“The simple reality is we want zero crashes at level crossings,” Mr Bromhead said.

“There is never a good excuse to play chicken with a train. With up to 450 tonnes of metal and nowhere to go, a car will always come off second best in a collision.

“Trains can travel at speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour and can take 1.5 kilometres to come to complete stop. This often means by the time a train driver sees you, it’s too late.”

The penalty for disobeying level crossing controls is three demerit points and a $457 fine.