Calls for rail safety ahead of sugarcane season

May 26, 2023 9:49 am in by

As cane season ramps up again this year Bundaberg residents are being reminded to practice their rail safety.

Bundaberg Sugar is warning motorists that its cane trains will have an increasing presence across the
district in the lead up to the 2023 cane harvesting season, set to start on May 29th.

Cane Supply Manager, Matt Curtis says it’s important for motorists and pedestrians to understand the cane harvesting season brings with it a lot of cane train movement across the company’s cane rail network.

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“Our trains operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week from June to December.”

“Each year our drivers experience near miss incidents where motorists try to race the trains at level
crossings or where motorists are unaware of train activity. Motorists should not be fooled by the
speed of a cane train and must realise that it can’t stop quickly,” he says.

Mr Curtis added that it is also important for parents to be aware of their children’s activities and
whereabouts and remind their children to keep well away from the cane rail tracks.

“Many developments including businesses, housing and schools have been built nearby to cane
railways. Staying clear of the tracks is the best way for everyone to be safe.”