Trespassing at Bells Rapids - don't take the risk

Environment Community
Published on: Friday, January 19, 2024

Arc Infrastructure and the City of Swan are working together to raise awareness of the risks of trespassing in the freight rail corridor near the popular Bells Rapids site.

Arc and the City are aware of increased corridor trespassing in the Bells Rapids area, with hikers and visitors taking unapproved pathways to access a local waterfall.

Of particular concern is a private level crossing about 250m from the Bells Rapids visitor car park.

The level crossing is on private property and is not designed for public use. Trespassing in this area is extremely dangerous. 

Visitors to Bells Rapids should be aware that:

  • This rail crossing has poor visibility on both sides due to a curve and a cutting
  • This section of track is used for passenger trains which are almost silent and can’t be seen or heard on approach
  • The locked gate and “no trespassing” signage are there to protect members of the public – please don’t ignore it or go around it
  • Unauthorised access to the rail corridor is a very real issue and endangers the lives of people who are working on the rail infrastructure, train drivers and the surrounding community. 

Arc and the City will be installing new signage in the area as a reminder to hikers and visitors to stick to the designated walking routes – the 2.5km River Walk and the 3km Goat Walk.

A similar warning is being issued to 4x4 drivers who may inadvertently enter the corridor when driving on tracks in the Bullsbrook area. 

Arc and the City thank the community for their vigilance and cooperation in this matter. 

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