Low cost level crossing warning device

The costs, time and resources associated with installing active protection systems at level crossings present a major impediment to improving level crossing safety and there is a generally recognised need to provide for a low cost solution which could be applied under specific situations. These situations would typically include locations currently protected only by passive signage. The purpose of this investigation is to examine several of these low cost level crossing systems for applicability in the Victorian rail environment with the ultimate goal of improving safety at level crossings without incurring the considerable expenses of full, conventional upgrades or the inconvenience of crossing closures. The 'real' cost of an active level crossing protection system is poorly defined but it is generally accepted in Victoria to have an order of magnitude of approximately $500,000 per crossing. This figure does not take into account internal costs borne by organisations such as VicTrack, DOT, Rail Infrastructure Managers and their maintainers as well as other stakeholders over the life of the system. Any relaxation of safety standards must be undertaken cautiously. Road users (and to a lesser extent train drivers) have come to rely almost totally on the present fail safe warning systems and tend to trust these systems to the extent that they do not make a visual check for approaching traffic. A decision to reduce the level of safety provided by level crossing systems should not be made lightly. Rigorous and extensive testing should be conducted on any new system introduced.


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  • Accession Number: 01384293
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 4:24PM