26 September 2023

Rail riders urged to look around for safety week

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Rail commuters and weekend and regional travellers are being targeted this week (8-14 August), with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) promoting key rail safety messages for Rail Safety Week (RSW).

Joining Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink, Sydney Light Rail and Sydney Metro to mark the 16th year of RSW, TfNSW said the Week promoted situational awareness, “which aims to deter distraction in the rail and light rail environment to our travelling customers.”

“We see way too many customers rushing for trains, being distracted by their devices and hurting themselves,” TfNSW said.

“Rail Safety Week is a reminder to all travellers to slow down, watch their step and be aware of their surrounds to avoid slips, trips and falls,” it said.

“It also informs travellers that there are broader safety measures to be considered, and to be responsible for their personal safety.”

TfNSW called on commuters to slow down and ditch the distractions around trains.

The Agency said that when using the rail network, people should take more notice by taking off their headphones and looking up from their phones, stand behind the gate at pedestrian crossings, stand behind the yellow line on train platforms, and hold onto handrails.

It said Rail Safety Week was a rail industry initiative where operators in NSW came together to promote key rail safety messages.

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