Level crossing risk management

The risk associated with level crossings is an issue that is of growing concern to rail operators, road authorities and users and the community. As has been expressed in such cases as the investigation into the Glenbrook accident, the public expects that preventable accidents should not occur. Therefore, the concept of "As Low As Reasonably Practicable" (ALARP) is questionable under these circumstances. VicRoads in association with VicTrack Access are in the process of developing a low cost level crossing protection system to enhance existing passive crossings across Victoria on single line freight routes with a maximum line speed of 80km and less than 12 trains per day. Based on supporting studies, the authors present a methodology for level crossing risk management. Level crossings present a potential for severe accidents and a substantial risk is associated with continuing to allow at grade crossings. World's best practice is tending towards the concept of allowing no new level crossings to be installed as is the policy in Germany. Rail and road organisations in Australia support this trend with a preference for grade separation of all new road rail crossings especially in the metropolitan areas. The legacy remains and the authors proposed Next Steps for ranking the backlog in terms of risk reduction per dollar spent (expressed in EFPMAUD - equivalent fatality prevented per million Australian dollars). The pros and cons of this approach are discussed.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 8p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Cost efficient railways through engineering: CORE 2002: conference on railway engineering, November 10-13 2002, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01532041
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:52AM