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Car driven along light rail tracks in Gungahlin and taxi near miss as safety concerns continue

Glynis Quinlan 9 May 2019 94

The light rail vehicle came to extremely close to hitting the taxi which is sitting in its way on Northbourne Avenue. The image is taken from dash-cam footage from the front of the LRV.

A car was driven along light rail tracks during peak hour in Gungahlin last night (April 8) and a new photo has come to light of a taxi only centimetres away from being hit by a light rail vehicle (LRV) as concerns over safety issues surrounding the new mode of transport continue.

Last night commuter Steve Ward photographed a car being driven along the light rail tracks near Gungahlin Marketplace just before 6 pm, taking to social media to say “this car identifies as a tram”.

Transport Canberra customer service staff looked on in alarm as the car drove along the tracks at peak hour, with the next LRV due to arrive soon.

The car is shown driving along the light rail tracks at Gungahlin just before 6 pm. Photo: Facebook (Steve Ward).

A Transport Canberra spokesman said that the car ended up reversing off the tracks of its own accord and did not cause any incidents or disruptions to light rail services.

However, Transport Canberra does not yet know why the car was on the tracks and is investigating the issue.

Meanwhile, a new image from LRV dash-cam footage has been released to Region Media which shows just how close the LRV came to hitting a taxi which was stopped in its path along Northbourne Avenue on April 11 (prior to the April 20 official launch).

In this incident, the taxi driver finally realised the danger and just managed to drive off the tracks before being hit.

The two incidents have brought a strong warning from ACT Road Safety Minister Shane Rattenbury that road safety is everyone’s responsibility and Canberrans need to take more care.

“Incidents like these should remind all Canberrans to be safe around light rail,” Mr Rattenbury told Region Media today.

“The vehicles are big and red—the tracks are fixed in the ground—so there’s no excuse for getting in the way of light rail,” he said.

“Fortunately in these instances, the drivers quickly rectified their mistakes and no-one was injured.”

The two incidents are among a series of accidents, near misses and safety issues to plague the light rail project, which have included a pedestrian being hit and a LRV driver running a red light just during the testing phase of the project.

On April 12, the ACT Government ramped up its safety campaign ahead of the light rail launch by releasing a video compilation of near misses between motorists/pedestrians and light rail vehicles to caution Canberrans to be more alert on the roads.

The video showed cars failing to obey the signals and entering intersections in front of the LRV as well as pedestrians making a mad dash in front of the moving vehicle.

At the time, Mr Rattenbury said interstate experiences show the first few months when a new light rail network opens are when road users are most at risk.

Mr Rattenbury asked riders, pedestrians and cyclists to share the road with light rail, take road safety seriously and not to take dangerous risks so they don’t “become a statistic”.

“Everyone must be patient as they adjust to sharing the road with light rail, especially during peak hour when a light rail vehicle crosses an intersection every four minutes,” Mr Rattenbury said.

Despite the light rail system not creating any new road rules for drivers, some Canberra motorists are obviously having trouble navigating the road since the introduction of the new public transport system.

Mr Rattenbury said the public needs to recognise that all crashes are preventable and they must continue to obey all signs and traffic signals around the tracks.

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94 Responses to Car driven along light rail tracks in Gungahlin and taxi near miss as safety concerns continue
Darron Marks Darron Marks 7:58 am 11 May 19

Clearly the issue you should be asking is not about if light rail is to blame. But how did these people get their license in the first place ?

Rahal Wijesekera Rahal Wijesekera 2:26 am 11 May 19

The random closure of intersections in Northbourne Avenue adds to the problems.

John Nunes John Nunes 9:52 pm 10 May 19

Stupid drivers.

Stephanie Salazar Stephanie Salazar 9:51 pm 10 May 19

Bakhtiyar Abdullah Canberra for u

Daniel Bahnean Daniel Bahnean 5:19 pm 10 May 19

Dora you are not alone 😂😂😂 #kindredSpirit

    Dora Bahnean Dora Bahnean 2:07 pm 11 May 19

    Daniel Bahnean I promise that wasn’t me 😂

Bernie Ryan Bernie Ryan 5:03 pm 10 May 19

There is plenty of signage on the light rail route if drivers can’t read and understand them then they should have their license revoked

Bernie Ryan Bernie Ryan 5:01 pm 10 May 19

You can clearly see in the photo with the taxi clearly driving through a red arrow I hope this photo was sent to the taxi company

Anita Hirst Anita Hirst 4:33 pm 10 May 19


Melbourne drivers are smart enough to understand how to drive with trams . Canberra drivers need wake up and learn how to drive

Carly Finley Carly Finley 3:30 pm 10 May 19

And did these drivers receive Fines and/or loss of demerit points?

Liam O'Toole Liam O'Toole 3:29 pm 10 May 19

It's not the new mode of transport. Jts the lack of intelligence in the drivers and lack of police presence.

Suzi Wiebe Suzi Wiebe 3:00 pm 10 May 19

It’s not the bloody tram that’s the problem ... it’s the stupid ignorant people who cause the issues!!!!

Peter Denis Noakes Peter Denis Noakes 1:10 pm 10 May 19

Taxis all ways thought they had the right of way

Brooke McGurk Brooke McGurk 10:57 am 10 May 19

Josh Broomby always happens in gunners

Capital Retro Capital Retro 9:17 am 10 May 19
Barbara Nell Barbara Nell 8:18 am 10 May 19

Unreal....maybe offenders could be sent to Melbourne for 'tram training'

Paul Casimir Paul Casimir 8:02 am 10 May 19

Another argument for periodic license re-testing.

Jonathan Cheng Jonathan Cheng 8:02 pm 09 May 19

Victor Wilson Wang a new shortcut for you?

James Keogh James Keogh 7:51 pm 09 May 19

10000 years ago this was the idiot who got eaten by a sabre tooth tiger.

Surojit Samanta Surojit Samanta 7:33 pm 09 May 19

Abhishek Banyal c’mon yaar

Jason Presti Jason Presti 6:38 pm 09 May 19

How the hell is horse park drive not yet complete. Is it just a piss take or what.. unbelievable.

    Jean Wilson Jean Wilson 7:01 pm 09 May 19

    Jason Presti to teach us to slow down and learn patience. See gundaroo drive also. It's worked to some extent though I now know every possible exit from Gungahlin while trying to avoid the road blocks.

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