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TRAINS will continue to run through level crossings where boom gates have been wiped out by reckless motorists, under new procedures being introduced in southeast Queensland.
Fed up with a spate of recent boom gate strikes that have plunged the train timetable into chaos, Transport Minister Scott Emerson said Queensland Rail had devised a new system.
“From Monday if a motorist strikes a boom gate, trains will be directed to safely pass through the railway crossing at a restricted speed of 5km/h, provided all other signs and signals are operational,” Mr Emerson said.
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Queensland Rail has released more footage of near misses during Rail Safety Week, with cars hitting boomgates and a pedestrian nearly wiped out by a train.
“This is a sensible step that will keep passengers moving and limit the knock on effects to the network while repair crews and traffic control arrive on scene.”
The procedure has been implemented in other states.
Despite heftier fines for boom gate strikes and the recovery of costs from motorists who damage infrastructure, there had been an average of nearly three collisions a week since the start of the year, the Minister said.
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Queensland Rail has released CCTV footage of a person leaping off a platform in front of a moving train to highlight the stupid, life-endangering risks people take.
A single boom gate strike at Woodridge in January resulted in 179 trains running late, and 69 hours of lost time.
Another at Boundary Road, Coopers Plains on the first day of university orientation week activities last month, also plunged train schedules into disarray.
“I’m pleading with motorists to be vigilant at railway crossings and obey all signs and signals,” said Mr Emerson.
“Motorists who damage Queensland Rail infrastructure can be fined up to $8800.”
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The $475 million train line between Richlands and Springfield is up and running. In the lead up, all 600 Queensland Rail train drivers had to complete theory and practical route training for the 9.5km dual track.
Since July last year, the government has pursued costs for 49 incidents and recovered more than $220,000 that would otherwise be borne by taxpayers.
Mr Emerson said further improvements were being made with the delivery of rail crossing flyovers at Robinson Road Geebung, and Telegraph Road, Bracken Ridge later this year.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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