Today the Australasian Railway Association together with the TrackSAFE Foundation, the National Rail Safety Regulator and the Rail Industry Safety Standards Board met with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, The Hon. Michael McCormack MP and the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, to discuss Rail Safety Week initiatives.

The gathering of Government Ministers and top ranking rail officials also provided an opportunity to discuss rail safety issues for Australia more broadly.

“The Australasian Railway Association was pleased to have met with the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, along with senior leaders from the rail industry to discuss a range of key safety issues concerning the rail sector,” said Danny Broad Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Railway Association.

“Issues discussed at the meeting included rail safety awareness, the call for consistencies in level crossing safety and trespass penalties across the states as well as an analysis of future skills and workforce requirements and train control interoperability and safety standards.

“The meeting coincided with this year’s Rail Safety Week running 13 – 19 August. This public awareness week brings together the Australian and New Zealand rail industries to promote the importance of rail safety.

“Rail plays an integral role to our nation in transporting around 2.5 million people a day and moving 1.35 billion tonnes of freight each year. Rail has a critical role to play in Australia’s social and economic future and the safety of those interacting with, and working on the rail network is paramount.

“Emerging rail projects are set to maximise opportunities for the development our nation’s infrastructure, regional hubs and future cities. With so many rail projects to come, it’s important rail organisations continue to connect with government, along with road user groups and the police to promote rail safety awareness within communities across the nation.

“We are encouraged that our nation’s political leaders recognise and support Rail Safety Week and are working closely with industry representatives to keep rail safety high on the agenda,” said Mr Broad.