A risk assessment study on accidents at French level crossings using Bayesian belief networks

Level crossing (LX) safety continues to be one of the most critical issues for railways despite an ever increasing focus on improving design and practices. In the present paper, a framework of probabilistic risk assessment and improvement decision based on Bayesian belief networks (PRAID-BBN) is proposed. The developed framework aims to analyse various impacting factors which may cause LX accidents, and quantify the contribution of these factors so as to identify the crucial factors which contribute most to the LX accidents. A detailed statistical analysis is first carried out based on the accident/incident data. A BBN risk model is established according to the statistical results. Then, the authors apply the PRAID-BBN framework on the basis of the accident/incident data provided by SNCF, the French national railway operator. The main outputs of the authors' study are conducive to efficiently focusing on the effort/budget to make LXs safer.


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  • Accession Number: 01669192
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 19 2018 3:01PM