Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson. Tom Huntley

Queenslanders to face grim message during daily commute

AS COMMUTERS disembark their trains and head into work this month they will be confronted with an unusual and sobering image - a coffin.

Transport Department figures reveal the Caboolture train line recorded 1107 trespass incidents and 427 illegal track crossings in 2012 - the highest in the south-east Queensland network.

On 202 occasions last year, people risked their lives to illegally cross the Ipswich rail line while the hair-raising dice with death occurred 27 times on the Sunshine Coast line.

In an attempt to curb the risky behaviour, Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson has announced a coffin - made out of railway sleepers - will be placed in the centre of the south east Queensland's commuter hub - Central Station.

It's not just vandals or people in a hurry illegally entering the rail line corridor - Mr Emerson said people had even posed for wedding pictures.

"The rail corridor is not a park or walking track, yet we have many reports of people riding motorbikes, walking dogs and even taking wedding photos inside the rail corridor," he said.

"We have passenger and freight trains on the network which can move at speeds up to 160kmh and they can't swerve to avoid someone."

Statewide there were 5500 reported railway crossings and incidents last year, including 363 in regional Queensland but the bulk occurring in the south-east corner.

"Alarmingly, this means last year there were more than 100 separate cases of trespass each week," Mr Emerson said.

The coffin will feature at Central Station later this month.


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