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New footage has emerged of multiple near-misses of pedestrians and drivers with light-rail vehicles.
The footage, which was released to coincide with rail safety week, showed many cars performing illegal u-turns at intersections along Northbourne Avenue, narrowly avoiding oncoming trams.
Another incident showed a car and bicycle driving directly onto the track and travelling in the middle of the lane.
In another part of the video, a child was seen running onto the tracks just before a light-rail vehicle pulled into the station.
Many other incidents showed pedestrians cutting across the light rail tracks, not knowing that the vehicle was about to pass.
General manager of Canberra Metro operations, Tilo Franz, said safety around the light rail was critical, due to the large size of the vehicles.
"Light rail vehicles can travel at up to 70km/h through an intersection and it needs longer to brake because it has steel wheels on a steel track, and it needs a longer distance than a car," he said.
"We're seeing lots of people ignoring red lights and traffic crossings and walking in front of the light rail. We see lots of people not being aware of the situation."
The new footage comes as emergency crews took part in a real-world simulation of a pedestrian being hit by a light-rail vehicle in Gungahlin on Tuesday, which took two months to prepare.
This article first appeared on www.canberratimes.com.au
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