New safety measures at Macdonell rail crossing

Guelph, Ont., July 31, 2017 – A number of improvements have been made at the Macdonell rail crossing to increase safety for all travellers at this busy intersection.

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians at the intersection of Wellington, Woolwich and Macdonell will notice the following new or improved safety measures alerting travellers of oncoming trains:

  • Stop lines and railway warning symbols painted on roadway
  • Railway track warning signs posted at intersection
  • Removal of Speed River bridge sign to open up sight lines
  • Additional stop sign posted on the left side of the right turn channel from Wellington to Macdonell
  • Ongoing testing of the prioritization sequencing between the traffic lights and the railway crossing signals

These new or improved safety measures were prompted by four near misses or accidents at the Macdonell rail crossing in the last year between vehicles and on-coming trains. The changes will increase safety for all travellers at this intersection.

Guelph Police Service Chief Jeff DeRuyter continues to actively advocate for public safety measures and said, “We are very pleased to partner with the City of Guelph and the Guelph Junction Railway to take meaningful steps to address concerns. There is a responsibility on all drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to be attentive and aware of the related laws to ensure community, road and railway safety.”

The Guelph Police Service (GPS) will increase enforcement at the Macdonell rail crossing to ensure vehicles are following the traffic signals and signs, and the activated rail signals when a train is approaching the intersection. Failing to stop at a stop sign, disobeying a railway crossing signal, or stopping at the wrong place when a railway crossing signal is activated can result in a $110 fine under the Highway Traffic Act. The directed enforcement initiative will take place from August 7 to 13.

Before driving across railway tracks, drivers should make sure they can clear them completely and that there is enough space for their vehicle on the other side of the tracks—especially if traffic is heavy.

Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians that are near a rail crossing when a train is approaching need to stop and wait for the train to pass. Drivers need to come to a full stop at the designated stop lines painted on the roadway. Pedestrians and cyclists also need to stop and wait until the rail crossing signals have stopped flashing and it is safe to cross.

If your vehicle is on the railway track when a train is approaching, make every effort to clear the track by driving into an adjacent lane or backing your vehicle up so you’re safely out of the way for the train to pass. Drivers should never stop their vehicle on the railway tracks, even at a red light when the rail crossing signals are not flashing.

Resources

Railway crossing safety tips

Media contacts

Les Petroczi
General Manager
Guelph Junction Railway
519-766-7121
les.petroczi@guelph.ca

Bryan (Buzz) Dean
Public Information Officer
Guelph Police Services
519-824-1212 extension 7214
bdean@guelphpolice.ca