Near misses prompt warning

THE Transport Minister has issued a stern warning to those attempting to play Russian Roulette with suburban train crossings after footage emerged of a series of near misses.

CCTV footage recorded at a crossing at Wulkuraka in Ipswich shows two boys waiting for a coal train to pass at a railway crossing before kicking open the gate and jumping onto the tracks.

As they step out onto the rail line, another train comes flying towards them, prompting them to scurry back to the platform.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said he was shocked by the deplorable behaviour.

"Every crossing throughout the city network has boom gates and flashing lights, which are there for the protection of pedestrians," Mr Emerson said.

"The alarming reality is that some pedestrians are not getting the message and are continuing to take on trains whether it's by pushing through the pedestrian gates, or racing a train as the boom gates are lowering. "

Other near misses were caught on CCTV cameras at Deagon and Albion Stations.

In 2011, there were 472 near miss incidents at level crossings, most of which occurred in South East Queensland.

After witnessing their own irresponsible examples, train drivers and Queensland Rail staff raised their own concerns about people disobeying train rules.

"We've had enough with pedestrians telling us they know better, they know the timetable and they can predict when it's safe to cross," Queensland Rail chief executive officer Jim Benstead.

Topics:  queensland rail scott emerson trains

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