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Homes being built too close to railway tracks, WINDALCO launches sensitisation campaign

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2015 | 5:24 PM

Safety concerns are being raised about the building of houses and other structures too close to railway tracks.

Manager of the Middlesex Railway Service Dillon Fraser highlighted the issue during yesterday’s signing of an agreement on safety practices between the West Indies Alumina Company (WINDALCO) and two taxi associations.

WINDALCO was also launching a campaign aimed at increasing the awareness of the public about safe practices to be observed around rail tracks and trains.

Fraser said many persons are building their houses too close to railway tracks and it is becoming a serious safety concern.

He says the practice is especially severe in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Fraser also noted that taxi operators and other motorists try to race the train at the crossings while others park their vehicles almost on the tracks.

Meanwhile, Head of the Police Traffic Division Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen endorsed the campaign which he said could enhance the safety of citizens.