Dashcam footage from a light rail vehicle has shown another near-miss on the Northbourne corridor after a man walked in front of the vehicle last month, highlighting the need for pedestrians to be alert and aware around Canberra’s light rail.
Transport Canberra has released ‘near-miss’ footage from onboard a light rail vehicle dashcam to highlight the hazards of pedestrians failing to obey instructions and follow road rules along the light rail corridor.
In this near-miss incident, two construction workers were about to cross the tracks in front of a light rail vehicle.
In this video, one worker has pulled the other away from the path of an oncoming light rail vehicle. The workers were not associated with the light rail project in any capacity and were crossing the tracks away from designated pedestrian crossings.
It is the first on-board footage to be released from light rail, which is in the final testing phase ahead of the launch on April 20.
The Transport Canberra video, released today, occurred in the same week as two incidents on the 9 March.
Dash cam footage from a car travelling on Randwick Road, Mitchell towards the T-intersection on Flemington Road, showed the tram almost colliding with the car after running a red light. The driver was suspended but has since returned to the track.
That same morning, a man was hit by a light rail vehicle at the intersection of Northbourne Avenue and Cooyong Street. It is believed the man, who suffered leg and upper body injuries, jaywalked in front of the light rail vehicle while wearing headphones.
A Transport Canberra spokesperson said the new footage highlights the dangers to pedestrians and all road users of failing to pay attention around light rail vehicles.
“Working closely with ACT Policing and ACT Emergency Services Agency, Transport Canberra and Canberra Metro will be targeting pedestrians, cyclists and motorists with a series of rail ready safety and preparedness around light rail messages,” the spokesperson said.
“These messages will be distributed via social media, video, media briefings and through face-to-face engagement with schools, social organisations and the community in the lead up to light rail services commencing in April.”
ACT Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris has again urged the Canberra community to stay vigilant as the light rail prepares to launch.
“Light rail vehicles travel quickly and quietly along the light rail corridor,” she said. “They can approach from either direction, so it is imperative pedestrians only cross light rail tracks at intersections and designated crossings. And to look in both directions before doing so.”
With an emergency braking distance of more than 80-metres in good conditions at a line speed of 70km/h, the public should always be aware and pay attention when travelling along the light rail corridor.
“This near-miss footage is a timely reminder for everyone in the community to be aware, stay safe and obey the road rules around light rail,” Ms Fitzharris said.
“Light rail safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please pay attention and share these important safety messages with your family and friends.”