John Holland is marking Rail Safety Week by visiting schools across Australia to raise awareness about how to stay safe around railway stations, tracks and level crossings.
Representatives from John Holland will visit schools including St Paul’s Catholic College in Booragul NSW, Rutherford Public School in Rutherford NSW and St Gabriel’s Primary School in Reservoir VIC throughout the week.
Executive General Manager, Rail Steve Butcher said rail safety is a priority for John Holland.
“As Australia’s leading rail group, it is our responsibility to not only deliver safe and reliable infrastructure but to educate communities on safety while travelling in and around rail networks,” Mr Butcher said.
“It is important everyone is aware there are easy steps like taking earphones out and putting mobile phones away to minimise risk while in areas where rail exists and that these steps can save lives.”
John Holland is involved in some of Australia’s biggest rail projects including Victoria’s level crossing removal project as part of the North Western Program Alliance and the Country Regional Network, which involves the operation and maintenance of more than 5,000 kilometres of rail line and 1,100 level crossings on behalf of Transport for NSW.
The importance of level crossing safety on the Country Regional Network was recently recognised with the Australasian Rail Industry TrackSAFE award for developing a risk-ranking tool and increasing education and awareness to keep people safe around level crossings.
Rail Safety week is in its 14th year and runs from 12 – 18 August. It is an annual community awareness week held across Australia and New Zealand that is coordinated by the TrackSAFE Foundation.