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Driver suspended after light rail vehicle runs red light

Lachlan Roberts 13 March 2019 58

A Canberra Metro spokesperson said the light rail vehicle ran a red light. File photo.

A driver of a light rail vehicle has been suspended after he ran a red light and narrowly missed a car over the weekend.

Around 8:30 am last Saturday (9 March), dash cam footage from a car travelling on Randwick Road towards the T-intersection on Flemington Road, Mitchell, showed the tram almost colliding with the car after running a red light.

A Canberra Metro spokesperson confirmed the light rail vehicle drove through a red T-light on Flemington Road and a review of the CCTV footage from the vehicle has confirmed it was the driver’s error.

The driver has been suspended from driving duties while a full investigation takes place.

“Safety of the public and our staff is Canberra Metro’s highest priority and we regret that on this occasion this founding principle of the Canberra light rail project has not been upheld,” the spokesperson said.

“Following the rules of the road is the key to staying safe around light rail and this applies as much to ourselves as it does other road users.

“As the investigation is still underway, we are unable to provide further information at this stage.”

be careful guys when u drive around the light rail. He didn’t stop on red light??

Posted by Khawar Jadoon on Saturday, 9 March 2019

The near-miss occurred less than 40 minutes after 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.

ACT Police are still investigating the incident and are calling for any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage of the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website

In response to the latest light rail incident, the Canberra Liberals transport spokesperson Candice Burch said the Government should audit and report on all incidents that have occurred during construction and testing to ensure the safety of the Canberra community.

“The Minister’s Rail Ready campaign is considerably lacking in actual public safety awareness,” Ms Burch said. “The Government has not done enough to raise awareness amongst pedestrians, cyclists or drivers about light rail testing, and how to be safe around light rail vehicles.

“The Labor-Greens Government owes it to the Canberra community to audit and report on all incidents that have occurred during construction and testing. This is the least they can do to ensure all is being done to keep people safe.”

The ACT Minister for Transport Meegan Fitzharris has been approached for comment.

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58 Responses to Driver suspended after light rail vehicle runs red light
peturbed_but_pretty peturbed_but_pretty 4:48 pm 13 Mar 19

This is what the testing is for – to get everyone used to a new normal. Glad to see issues are being flagged now, early on before passengers are on board

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 8:07 pm 13 Mar 19

    You actually know people who are going to use this useless tram?

nealg nealg 5:33 pm 13 Mar 19

Yes not good on the light rail driver’s part but it looks like the Uber driver could take a bit more care, even though he did stop in time.
Unless the video has been speeded up it appears the Uber driver has ignored the 40km/hr sign and is doing around 60 as he approaches the intersection. The road also look wet after rain. A vast number of drivers here ignore 40km/hr zones around road works and schools. I see it everyday when I am out and about on my motorcycle.

bj_ACT bj_ACT 6:30 pm 13 Mar 19

Wow. Wasn’t even close.

I’ve seen a few of the LR vehicles catch the end of a green light over the last fortnight, but that was just crazy.

Lucy Baker Lucy Baker 7:00 pm 13 Mar 19

I haven’t seen any Rail Ready materials/promos – and I will certainly be crossing Northbourne on foot.

Samantha Casey Samantha Casey 7:15 pm 13 Mar 19

This is off to a great start 😂

    Johno Bailey Johno Bailey 7:47 pm 13 Mar 19

    some would say off the rails.... ill show myself out

Kerri Hallas Kerri Hallas 7:20 pm 13 Mar 19

2 for 2 on the weekend then...

Faraaz Skiskis Faraaz Skiskis 7:22 pm 13 Mar 19

imagine how fast the communtes must be

David Donovan David Donovan 7:26 pm 13 Mar 19

Maybe the tram drivers are going to be as bad as the bus drivers

Ashley Barber Ashley Barber 7:36 pm 13 Mar 19

Hope the cops booked the driver with the dash cam for his red light follow up

    Ben Roberts Ben Roberts 10:12 pm 13 Mar 19

    Ashley Barber He was over the line when it was green

Steve Jones Steve Jones 7:43 pm 13 Mar 19

Near miss?? That’s funny

Kevin Read Kevin Read 7:48 pm 13 Mar 19

Maybe he was distracted by all the passengers???

Oh wait ......

Lynne Audsley Lynne Audsley 7:48 pm 13 Mar 19

What a close call - how lucky the driver had a dash cam. Two incidents within 40 mins of each other and it’s not even running yet 🤔

    Stephen Page-Murray Stephen Page-Murray 8:14 pm 13 Mar 19

    Lynne Audsley

    The first was a pedestrian idiot

Nick Hart Nick Hart 7:59 pm 13 Mar 19

Better light those trains up with LuminAuz® before they kill someone!!!

Kieran Livingstone Kieran Livingstone 8:10 pm 13 Mar 19

1/2 successful light rail assaults 👍

Colin Wilson Colin Wilson 8:32 pm 13 Mar 19

And so it begins

Michael Kiem Michael Kiem 8:41 pm 13 Mar 19

Bring out the retards check facts driver is not in the wrong

Rodney Cole Rodney Cole 9:15 pm 13 Mar 19

I noticed cover the past few days the fast speed the light rail is clicking as it hits Braddon .

Liz Hampton Liz Hampton 9:19 pm 13 Mar 19

I am not driving across Northbourne anymore.

Timothy Ingold Timothy Ingold 9:23 pm 13 Mar 19

John Kane driver has been suspended! good God you can’t make this stuff up haha

Sue Skinner Sue Skinner 9:35 pm 13 Mar 19

Running red lights quite common around Canberra. Hes just doing the Canberra thing!

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