The level crossing in Cherry St in Werribee is one of the busiest in Melbourne, carrying metropolitan, regional and interstate freight trains up to 2.5km long and weighing over 3000 tonnes.
Uniform police officers patrolled the crossing this week to act as a deterrent to any drivers who considered racing the lights, or were distracted by talking on mobile phones.
They also focused on pedestrians and cyclists who tried to cross the tracks when a train was approaching.
In May 2010 a collision between an XPT passenger train and a track-mounted excavator near Newbridge, NSW resulted in the death of the excavator operator. In another incident near Jaurdi, WA in March 2011, a freight train collided with a track mounted excavator-the train driver sustained a minor injury and there was significant damage to the track.
This year’s Rail Safety Week theme is ‘Use your brain, tracks are for trains’.
Rail Safety Week is a timely reminder that communication, information and safe work practices play a critical role in keeping our tracks safe.