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NSW officials are warning the public they will need to change their behaviour on Sydney’s roads as the city’s light rail system enters operation.
Similar on-road trains systems have recently launched on the Gold Coast and in Canberra, with a number of crashes and near-misses taking place, often thanks to confused motorists and unaware pedestrians.
Marg Prendergast is the Coordinator General at Transport for NSW and says her team will launch a concerted public safety campaign in the coming months but admits crashes are hard to prevent as road users adjust.
“We need Sydneysiders to get used to it and we know it’s going to take a little bit of time,” she told Yahoo News Australia.
“We have watched Canberra and Gold Coast and we know there are risks.”
Zombie pedestrians warned over quiet trainsIt’s not just motorists, but cyclists and particularly pedestrians that she says need to be aware of changing conditions on the road.
“Because these trains are so quiet, one of our key worries is people really absorbed on their mobile phone,” she explained. “And they can’t stop easily, quickly or swerve to avoid you.”
Videos online show pedestrians stepping our in front of Canberra’s new light rail trains causing a number of accidents.
The message from city officials is simple: “Look out before you step out. Trams are running both ways.”
This article first appeared on au.news.yahoo.com
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