26 September 2023

Rail Safety Week rolls into the city

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Canberrans are being urged to remember some key safety steps while on or around the light rail corridor the Rail Safety Week, which is this week until 14 August.

Urging light rail passengers to stay alert and limit their distractions, Minister for Transport and City Services, Chris Steel said Rail Safety Week was an annual community awareness week held in Australia and New Zealand that aimed to create a heightened awareness of the importance of rail safety.

“Many Canberrans use the light rail as part of their daily commute to and from school or work, so it’s very important that all light rail users know their personal responsibilities for the safety of themselves and others,” Mr Steel said.

“This means looking up and standing back behind the yellow line on light rail platforms,” he said.

“Look both ways before crossing light rail tracks and turn off your headphones.

“These steps could save your life.”

Mr Steel said two of Canberra’s light rail vehicles were wrapped in a range of unique posters to mark the Week, created by local graphic design students as part of a special competition.

He said four wraps were on display, designed by Dickson College students Teagan Wood, Ricky Bray and Lachlan Gibb, and Gungahlin College student, Emma Morris.

“For the first time – Canberrans will be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite design by scanning the QR codes on the posters,” the Minister said.

“Thanks to all the students who participated, for their exceptional efforts developing artwork which speaks to all public transport users,” he said.

“Please keep an eye out for these important safety messages travelling up and down the light rail corridor.”

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