The Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris launched the ACT’s first ever National Rail Safety Week event on Sunday 12 August at Gunghalin’s shopping precinct. Rail Safety week is an initiative of the Australasian Railway Association and so with Canberra’s Light Rail just months away from being operational, this is Canberra’s first opportunity to utilise this week as a platform to emphasise key safety messages in the company of some of our light rail vehicle fleet.
(L-R) Canberra Metro CEO Glenn Stockton and Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris
The Australasian Railway Association (ARA)/TrackSAFE leads Rail Safety Week with the theme, Rail Safety – it’s everyone’s responsibility. Consistent with this national message, we urge everyone in our community to take responsibility for their safety, and remind others of safety issues when in and around Canberra’s Light Rail.
Two LRVs were mobilised to Gunghalin Place for the event and were much admired by those in the precinct on the day. The event was targeted towards delivering key safety messages to both children and grownups. Children enjoyed activities, such as build-your-own light rail vehicle and colouring sheets that underscored light rail safety messages. Adults had fun completing the Light Rail Safety Quiz and winning prizes.
Special thanks to our community partners Netball ACT/the Canberra Giants and the Brumbies for signing autographs during the event and helping to draw attention to light rail safety.
Also, thanks to School Crossings Victoria for facilitating the participation of Lottie the Lollipop Lady. Lottie is the special Crossings Supervisor mascot, who recently visited ACT Schools to help promote road safety among children. The children at the event enjoyed meeting Lottie and taking photos with her. A colouring sheet of her likeness was very popular, particularly once the children had met her face to face.
Stay tuned to light rail safety messages and videos that we will post on social media throughout Rail Safety Week. Share them with your networks to make sure your family and friends are Rail Ready. Remember: Rail Safety – it’s everyone’s responsibility.
Coinciding with National Rail Safety Week, daytime testing of the light rail vehicles commences the week of 13 August.
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