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QUEENSLAND Rail has brought a confronting safety campaign to the Gold Coast, unveiling a shock display at Robina station yesterday, as a chilling reminder of the risks faced by people who enter the rail corridor or cross tracks illegally.
Frustrated with thousands of railway trespass incidents each year, the company is warning `not everyone makes it across the tracks'.
Queensland Rail Acting Chief Executive Officer Jim Benstead said the campaign highlighted the possible deadly outcome of trespassing on the Queensland Rail network through a graphic display of a coffin made out of railway sleepers.
"Our message is confronting, shocking even, for some but we need to get it through to people trespassing in the rail corridor is not only illegal but it could also cost you your life," said Mr Benstead.
"We're doing everything we can to make sure the crucial safety message is getting through to Gold Coast commuters, and we make no apologies for unveiling the latest phase of the campaign.
Mr Benstead said there were nearly 5,500 reported trespass and track crossing incidents on the Queensland Rail network last year, including 378 on the Gold Coast line.
"Trains on the Gold Coast line can travel at up to 140 km/h and if someone has illegally entered the rail corridor, the train drivers only option is to apply the emergency brake and hope for the best," he said.
As part of the campaign, Queensland Rail has displayed the coffin at Central station, released disturbing CCTV footage of people ignoring the dangers, and has promoted a campaign video on social media.
The coffin will be displayed at Robina station for the next six weeks.
This article first appeared on www.goldcoast.com.au
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