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Posted on: August 6, 2020

PSA: PEDESTRIAN RAILWAY CROSSING SAFETY REMINDER

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On June 19, the Town of Cochrane and Canadian Pacific (CP) were pleased to officially open the Horse Creek Road pedestrian crossing in the community of Heartland. The crossing provides safe and direct access to the many amenities found in Cochrane’s vibrant downtown area and to parks and pathways for those living on the west side of the tracks.

The Horse Creek Road crossing is for pedestrian traffic only and is equipped with a railway warning protection system that includes:

  • Low-tone decibel bell
  • Flashing red lights
  • Crossing arms

The Town is working with CP to remind residents and visitors to be vigilant around the new crossing, and the five other at-grade crossings in Cochrane. The only safe and legal place to cross the tracks is at an official railway crossing.

Every year more than 100 Canadians are seriously injured or killed as the result of railway crossing or trespassing incidents. Rail safety requires 24/7 vigilance. We ask everyone to think about their own safety around railway property. Incidents can happen in a split-second and can have tragic and far-reaching consequences for your family, friends and community.

When you are using a railway crossing, always follow these recommendations:

  • Stop. Approach the crossing the same way you would any road or intersection.
  • Look and listen for a train. Look both ways before crossing.
  • If all clear and the warning system has not activated, proceed across with caution, taking care not to run.
  • If the bell starts ringing, lights flash and crossing arms start to lower upon approach, DO NOT RUN across. Wait. Never try to beat a train.
  • DO NOT crawl under the arms when they are in the down position.
  • These are two-track crossings: two trains may be travelling in opposite directions at the same time. Always wait for the gates to raise and lights to stop flashing before proceeding across.
  • In the unlikely event a train has to make an emergency stop and the crossing is blocked, DO NOT climb on, over or under the train.
    • You MUST wait for the train to clear the crossing safely, and the warning system to fully deactivate before crossing.
  • If the warning system has engaged and there is no train in sight, please contact CP Police 1-800-716-9132 to report this issue, or any railway emergency.

The Town will participate in the Look.Listen.Live Community Safety Partnership with CP, CP Police Service and Operation Lifesaver, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting rail safety.

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