TasRail plea over livestock

TASRAIL is renewing its plea for livestock owners to register their active stock crossings over the rail corridor.

 A train was forced to make an emergency stop yesterday to avoid hitting a herd of cattle being moved across the track without notification of   TasRail's train control centre.

Of significant concern is that there are still active stock crossings that have not been registered with TasRail.

Due to the obvious danger this creates, TasRail is urging all stock owners to contact it  and license their crossing.

``It is crucial for the safety of people and animals that we are advised of stock crossing locations and times through farmers and business owners registering their crossing with us,'' TasRail executive manager for corporate relations Polly McGee said.

``Animals being moved across the railway line without notification to Train Control present a very real risk of a train collision or worse a train derailment.  

``Once registered, landowners are required to contact TasRail train control on 6335 2556 and give their contact details and location when they intend to move their stock.

``Train control will provide the caller with details of planned rail movements on that section of track for the next three hours, noting that scope exists for trains to run ahead or behind schedule.

``Provided a sufficient window exists to safely cross the track, callers are then free to cross.

``TasRail will also notify the relevant train driver to expect livestock in the vicinity.

``If you believe you use a stock crossing that is not currently registered, email your details through to landmanagement@ tasrail.com.au to register.''

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