No QR apology for going after pay for damage

FRASER Coast motorists have received costly reminders about being vigilant at railway crossings, with Queensland Rail claiming thousands of dollars for repair work.

This work has been due to careless drivers damaging boom gates, signalling equipment, fencing and train tracks.

A recent successful claim in Maryborough totalled $3531.12, QR said.

This was part of a total of $153,579.23 claimed across the entire state for the 2012-13 financial year.

QR acting chief executive officer Jim Benstead said QR made no apologies for seeking recovery costs following boom gate strikes and collisions with its infrastructure.

"Aside from the cost to Queensland Rail after a motorist hits our boom gates and railway crossing equipment, each incident can cause significant, frustrating delays to rail customers and road users," he said.

"Most people do the right thing, however too many people are gambling with their lives in front of trains by trying to beat the boom gates."



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