Media Release 25 January 2014 SEQ: Bridge strikes and level crossing incidents continue to cause chaos
RAIL Back On Track (http://backontrack.org
) a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport passengers has again called for urgent action to bring bridge strikes and level crossing incidents under some sort of control. The implementation of a policy that works to eliminate rail and road bridge strikes by heavy road vehicles should be well within the bureaucratic capability of the Minister for Transport and Queensland Transport and Main Roads.
"Yesterday, yet another heavy vehicle struck a rail bridge on the Sunshine Coast railway line at Nambour. This was the the third bridge strike for the week on the SEQ rail network!"
"Clearly, the present system of drivers theoretically knowing the travelling height and width of their vehicle before they start a journey is not working. Warning signs are ignored. Protective beams are driven into as well as bridges."
"There is increasing frustration at the local government level and within the public transport community generally at the failure to roll out solutions to fix this problem."
"It is farcical that these bridge strikes and level crossing incidents are allowed to occur month after month with seemingly little action to address the fundamental issues. A Government is elected to act. It is time that action was taken."
"The serious risk of bridge strikes is that eventually a major incident may occur with possible loss of life. The bridge strike at Nambour changed the rail alignment. Had a train hit that at full speed there may well have been a derailment with consequent serious injury, loss of life and much damage."
"The disruption and delays to the road and public transport network that follows these bridge strikes and drivers hitting boom gates is very costly for the community."
"Clearly the present sanctions and cost recovery mechanisms are not influencing driver behaviours. It is time that an automatic licence suspensions be implemented for these offences. First offence at least six months licence suspension, increased fines and full cost recovery. Second offence, off the road for life. Nothing else it seems will endear the necessary behaviour changes."Yesterdays strike at Nambourhttps://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/t1/995852_729320483752981_1190670304_n.jpg
1. 29 May 2009 Queensland: Bridge strikes, level crossing incidents continue unabated - action demanded todayhttp://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=2327.0
2. 24 July 2010: SEQ: Bridge strikes continue amidst the chaos on south-east Queensland roadshttp://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=4141.0
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