Be aware at rail crossings

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole.

Cowra motorists travelling the region's road are being reminded that regional passenger and freight trains are operating as usual through the coronavirus situation.

While there are no train services in Cowra trains continue to operate in areas like Parkes, Forbes, Orange and Batrhurst.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said even though travel restrictions remain in place, rail corridors are operating as usual and motorists need to be aware at rail and road intersections.

"After two near misses at Bathurst and Orange last week, we are reminding Central West motorists to slow down and look before driving through a rail crossing," Mr Toole said.

"While there may appear to be less traffic on the road, the rail corridor is still as busy as usual. Freight is continuing to flow and NSW TrainLink services continue to operate as normal to support essential travel.

"Ignoring the signs at rail crossings can not only have catastrophic outcomes for motorists and their passengers, but can also have lifelong impacts on train drivers and crews.

"There is no excuse for putting yours and other lives on the line at level crossings."

Trains can travel at speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour, and can take up to one-and-a-half kilometres to come to a stop at a level crossing.

It is important for drivers, riders and pedestrians to obey all signs, flashing lights, boom gates and markings.