New program aims to make railway crossings safer for Brampton pedestrians, drivers
Published September 24, 2021 at 3:50 pm
In an effort to make railways safer, the City of Brampton has teamed with Operation Lifesaver Canada and HUB Surface Systems, to install railway safety decals at the Brampton GO Station as part of the Look. Listen. Live. Community Safety Partnership Program.
Every year, dozens of Canadians are killed or seriously injured in collisions at railway crossings.
Operation Lifesaver works with municipalities to identify locations where rail-safety decals can be installed to remind people to be alert and aware around rail-crossings.
The goal of the decals is to prevent tragic crossing incidents by making pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers more aware of the need to be vigilant around railway crossings. These decals are made of a thermoplastic material engineered to maximize the life of a pavement marking.
“Incidents at railway crossings are tragically common across this country, and each one affects the victim’s family and friends, as well as railway employees, first responders and broader communities,” said Sarah Mayes, national director of Operation Lifesaver Canada.
“This program aims to make the public more aware of the hazards around rail crossings, which will hopefully save lives. We want people to slow down, look in both directions, listen for approaching trains, and obey all railway warning signs and signals.”
Brampton’s Road Operations team will be installing eight decals at rail crossings in the city including four at Mill and Railroad streets and four at James and Johns streets.
“The safety of all Brampton residents is of utmost importance and it’s critical that everyone be aware of their surroundings for their own wellbeing.” said regional councillor Paul Vicente, the city’s chair of Public Works and Engineering.
For more information on Operation Lifesaver, visit their website.