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Harriet Shing MP:
Regional Students on Track to Learn About Rail Safety

Safety workshop series on Rail Safety Week 2019.

By Portal Admin - 30th August 2019 - Back to News

Regional Victorian school students are being taught the importance of staying safe around the railway through a series of workshops during Rail Safety Week 2019.

V/Line staff today attended Trafalgar High School to discuss the consequences of risky behaviour on the rail network and encourage ways to safely use public transport.

School students from Broadford, Trafalgar, and Ballarat will attend programs over Rail Safety Week and teachers will receive additional resources, so they can continue the conversation throughout the term.

Each session includes key messages about the railways near their school, including that trains can always travel from any direction, at unscheduled times. Students were also encouraged to avoid distractions and obey warning signs at pedestrian crossings.

Rail Safety Week is an initiative of the TrackSAFE Foundation, where public transport operators from across Australia promote rail safety in the community. This year’s event is taking place from 12 to 18 August.

This year’s theme is Rail safety – it’s my responsibility, reminding everyone to be conscious of their own choices in the rail environment.

Victoria’s train and tram operators have banded together to roll out the Stop before you cross campaign to create awareness of potential distractions which could lead to pedestrians ignoring warning signs and crossing the tracks when it isn’t safe to do so.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

"V/Line employees are the same faces students see when travelling on the network – these familiar faces help students understand the real-life consequences of unsafe behaviour around our rail network."

"When it comes to public transport our number one priority is to get everyone home safely, that’s why we’re engaging with local students, creating advocates for rail safety throughout our regional communities."


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