Transdev in Sydney wants to raise the public’s safety consciousness

2020.28.07
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Transportation officials are appealing to the public to be more safety-conscious in and around the Transdev Sydney Light Rail network as they return to the city after COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions.

The latest figures from Transdev show there have been 138 near misses on the light rail network since December, most involving pedestrians.

It indicates many people are not paying attention when it comes to sharing the roads with trams travelling from Randwick and Kingsford to Circular Quay, and from Dulwich Hill to Central Station.

Since the opening of the L2 Randwick Line in December, there have been 67 near misses involving pedestrians, 52 relating to cars and 19 concerning cyclists.

Some of the behavior has been disturbing with one motorist even driving the length of the dedicated Moore Park tram tunnel, narrowly avoiding a tram.

To save yourself a few seconds by running a red light or running a tram line is not worth it, you could end up dead.

NSW Transport Minister, Andrew Constance

Transdev’s network of CCTV cameras has also captured scores of incidents of people walking into the paths of oncoming trams, which, when fully laden, can weigh as much as 120-tons.

Many pedestrians attempt to cross the line as a tram is passing, wrongly assuming the other track is clear. We are urging the public to look left and right, check both ways for trams. As people head back to the city for work and play, they must remember they’re still sharing George Street and other main roads with trams.

Transdev Sydney Managing Director, Arsene Durand-Raucher

While no pedestrian, motorist or cyclist has been seriously injured in the near miss incidents, tram drivers in many cases, are forced to engage their emergency brakes, potentially risking the safety of those on board the tram.

To learn more, please watch the Sydney Light Rail safety video below:

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