Recent experience in Victoria, Australia [accidents at level crossings]

The State Government of Victoria, in Australia, has initiated a greatly accelerated level crossing upgrade programme following a crash between a heavy road vehicle (semi-trailer) and a locomotive hauled passenger train in which 11 rail passengers died. The level crossing location was at Kerang, in northern Victoria, a single track lightly used line and a crossing that was protected by flashing lights and bells only. This was not an isolated event and the costs are large. This paper will provide a brief synopsis of the crash, as well as others at level crossings in Victoria in the last 18 months, all involving fatalities and/or heavy road vehicles. The options available to deal with this situation will be explored, including costs and practicalities. With a lateral approach some new ideas will be floated and discussed, as well as the underlying causes for many of the crashes, the solution to which may be beyond the control of any rail organization.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 40-6
  • Monograph Title: 10th World Level Crossing Symposium: safety and trespass prevention: Paris 2008-06-24 to 2008-06-27: proceedings

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01386045
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 7:30PM