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VIDEO: Too many near-misses on Newcastle light rail network

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Tram driver and trainer Corey Moore has seen his fair share of near misses around the Newcastle light rail.

It’s why he’s reminding Novocastrians to “stand back, look up and stay safe” around the local network.

Monday 7 August marks the start of Rail Safety Week.

And, Newcastle Transport is highlighting the need for pedestrians to “take care” around the tracks.

“We’re seeing about one near-miss incident per week, which is one too many,” Mr Moore said.

“While our tram drivers use every possible safety measure to avoid a collision, at the end of the day, we need the community to play its part.”

Mr Moore said he hoped Rail Safety Week prompted everyone to think about their own safety, as well as that of tram drivers.

“Every near miss leaves an impact on your mental health,” he explained.

“Pedestrians need to keep their wits about them.

“We often see them looking at their phones and not paying attention.”

Newcastle Transport has also released CCTV footage, which shows several close calls over the past six months.

Keolis Downer Hunter general manager Emmanuel Genlot said he hoped the vision would encourage the community to be more alert around the light rail… and think about the long-lasting impact that a near-miss could have on passengers, tram drivers and other observers. 

“It’s scary to watch the CCTV footage and see the dangerous and unpredictable behaviour of some Newcastle road-users and pedestrians,” he stated.

“We are seeing increased instances of intoxicated customers stepping out in front of light rail vehicles after a night out.

“We also continue to see pedestrians ignoring crossings and running across the tracks to try to catch the light rail before it departs.

“A risky decision can change someone’s life forever.

“This week is about taking light rail safety seriously and understanding the mental impact a near-miss will have on our passengers, tram drivers and wider community.”

The familiar ‘Be aware the rhino’ campaign will run throughout Rail Safety Week to remind motorists, pedestrians and customers to stay alert around Newcastle’s light rail.

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