Risky business: A warning for rail commuters

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Commuters are being urged not to take chances on the rail network, after a number of dangerous incidents were caught on camera.

New vision released for Rail Safety Week shows people risking their lives by running in front of moving trains, hurting themselves while rushing around stations, and riding on the back of moving carriages.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the vision is a reminder for everyone to understand the risk of a serious injury.

“It’s really concerning to see people getting hurt and risking their lives to chase social media likes. We’ve seen 2,689 incidents of trespassing in the last 12 months, many of them reckless acts for selfie stunts.

“We’ve also seen 1,925 incidents of slips, trips and falls around stations. These numbers are far too high, even one is too many,” Mr Constance said.

“These incidents also have an effect on the broader network and can cause delays to services.”

“Some of these incidents such as people sliding down handrails and spraining their ankles, or falling over while looking at their phones are easily avoided with just a little more common sense.”

Sydney Trains Acting Chief Executive Suzanne Holden said the 15th Annual Rail Safety Week is a good opportunity to remind customers of some simple ways to stay safe.

“It is easy to forget how dangerous trains and stations can be if you are distracted or in a hurry, trains travel at speeds of more than 100km/h, they are surprisingly quiet and take a significant distance to stop.

“The best way to stay safe is to stay behind the yellow line, listen to our station staff and follow the safety rules.

“Fortunately the majority of customers do the right thing and I’d like to thank them for showing respect for their fellow passengers and our hard working staff, particularly during this uncertain time,” Ms Holden said.

Rail Safety Week is an annual initiative of the TrackSAFE Foundation held in Australia and New Zealand to promote safe rail practices and involves close to 85 rail, police and government organisations.