Be level headed: Don't risk it at rail crossings

RACQ has issued a strong warning for motorists to play it safe at rail level crossings after the alarming number of near-misses was revealed.

Seven News Brisbane reported figures from Queensland Rail showed there were seven vehicle collisions with trains and 117 collisions with rail infrastructure in 2019.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said all road users needed to remain patient and obey the signals, signs and warnings at level crossings.

“If you break the law by obstructing a crossing or disobeying warning lights, you could face a fine of up to $1067 and up to four demerit points,” Dr Michael said.

“Taking that risk just isn’t worth it, one bad call to save you a few extra minutes behind the wheel could cost your life.”

Dr Michael said the Club called for all levels of government to work together to develop and fund an ongoing program to remove rail level crossings.

“There are seven crossings we want to see removed as a priority in the Greater Brisbane area which include those at Boundary Road, South Pine Road and Cavendish Road,” she said.

“While some sites have partial funding, we believe there needs to be a coordinated commitment from Federal, State, and Local governments.

“The removal of level crossings would improve safety, congestion and rail service frequencies across south east Queensland.”

RACQ’s priority locations for level crossing removal:

  1. Boundary Road, Coopers Plains
  2. South Pine Road, Alderley
  3. Cavendish Road, Coorparoo
  4. Warrigal Road, Runcorn
  5. Kianawah/Lindum Road, Lindum
  6. Beams Road, Carseldine
  7. Wacol Station Road, Wacol.