Near-miss train incidents prompt V/Line warning for Ballarat commuters

 
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Location: Ballarat
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[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]V/LINE has issued a safety warning to Ballarat commuters following a spate of dangerous near-miss incidents across the state in recent [font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]weeks.[/font][/font][/size][/color]
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[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Police were called to the Wendouree Railway Station level crossing on January 14, after two youths were found sitting on the [font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]track.[/font][/font][/size][/color]
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[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]V/Line figures released on Monday show there have already been more than 20 pedestrian near-miss incidents this year.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Another case involved two young girls ‘playing chicken’ with a train at the Bendigo-Pyramid Road level crossing in northern Victoria. [/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]V/Line chief executive officer Theo Taifalos said train lines and level crossings were not the places for [font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]games. [/font][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]“This behaviour is extremely dangerous and it’s a frightening example of pedestrians dicing with death,” Mr Taifalos [font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]said. [/font][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]“The consequences could have been fatal.”[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]V/Line figures revealed 378 pedestrian near-misses were reported across the network last year. [/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Mr Taifalos said not only were people risking their lives, but these incidents also affected train drivers. [/font][/size][/color]
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[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]“It can be a traumatic experience for our drivers and it’s happening far too often,” he said.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Mr Taifalos revealed that in another incident on the Bendigo train line earlier this year, three youths had pushed open an emergency gate and ran in front of a train at Clarkefield Station.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Mr Taifalos urged people to take extra care and remain vigilant around train lines and level crossings at all [font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]times.[/font][/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]“It takes trains a lot longer to stop than vehicles, so pedestrians need to be patient while waiting for a train to pass,” he said.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]“It’s simply not worth risking your life for the sake of a few seconds.” [/font][/size][/color]
[color=#333333][size=3][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]V/Line is also urging the community to be alert and immediately report anyone who trespasses through a pedestrian barrier or is involved in dangerous behaviour around the [font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]railway tracks and [/font][font=Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]trains.[/font][/font][/size][/color]
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  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Everyone needs to remember to keep away from railway tracks and to only use crossings with lights around railway stations.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Everyone needs to remember to keep away from railway tracks and to only use crossings with lights around railway stations.
JopaJunction
The kind of crossing doesn't matter when you're not paying attention.
  8077 Chief Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
I would query those statistics.  They seem awfully high to me.
  ab123 Chief Train Controller

I would query those statistics.  They seem awfully high to me.
8077

Based on what?
  Barggoa Beginner

Based on what?
ab123

378 per year is over 1 per day.
  QSB6.7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Going off the rails on a crazy train.
I would query those statistics.  They seem awfully high to me.
8077
Really?
Just sit at an active level crossing and wait.  
Countless times I have seen people ride or walk around and even jump barriers in front of trains.
Then you get the idiots who start blasting the horn behind you before the boom gates are even half way up.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
The road rules state that "If a level crossing has gates, booms, or flashing lights, you must not start to cross until the signals have stopped flashing AND the gates or booms are fully open."  (My emphasis on AND, but it means both events must have occurred.)

At a crossing I use, the lights continue to flash for about five seconds after the booms are fully up.  It gets quite noisy if I am near the head of the queue ......
  lkernan Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
The road rules state that "If a level crossing has gates, booms, or flashing lights, you must not start to cross until the signals have stopped flashing AND the gates or booms are fully open."  (My emphasis on AND, but it means both events must have occurred.)
Lad_Porter
I was stopped at the McMahons Road Frankston crossing this morning while the Stony Point sprinter went through. Interesting to note that 2 of the 3 lanes actually waited for the gates to finish opening before moving off.  

I'm guess the fact the associated traffic lights don't go green until the gates stop moving might have had something to do with it.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
Interesting to note that they will wait for a regular traffic light to turn green, but not for crossing lights to stop flashing.  Which is probably why more and more crossings are also being protected by regular traffic lights - which really are totally redundant, but they do have the required effect.

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