ACCIDENTS ON JUNCTIONS BETWEEN RAILWAYS AND RURAL ROADS: A START FOR AN EFFICIENCY ANALYSIS

ONGEVALLEN OP KRUISINGEN TUSSEN SPOORWEGEN EN LANDWEGEN: EEN AANZET TOT EEN DOELMATIGHEIDSANALYSE

The Netherlands Railways (NS) intends to increase the maximum speed of trains on certain railway sections from 140 to 160 km/h. Higher speeds mean a greater chance of accidents, in particular of collisions with traffic on level crossings, but also a greater chance of derailment of trains. It is intended to avoid this risk by taking compensating measures, especially regarding the safety of level crossings. In this context, the policy of the NS is that unprotected level crossings or crossings with automatic flashing light installations (AKIs) will not occur on future 160 km/h railway sections anymore. They will be replaced by automatic half-sized barriers (AHOBs) or by multilevel intersections. AHOBs are considered to be safer than unprotected level crossings and AKIs. Compared with AHOBs, multilevel intersections are safer, but more expensive. The Dutch Council for Traffic Safety has ordered SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research to investigate how much these additional costs can be justified by higher savings on damage caused by accidents and favorable side-effects.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Text in Dutch; summary in English. Also pub. as Institute for Road Safety Research, Leidschendam (Netherlands) rept. No. R-92-22. Available in U.S., Canada and Mexico only. All others refer to Institute for Road Safety Research SWOV, P.O. Box 170, 2260 AD Leidschendam, The Netherlands.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV

    Bezuidenhoutseweg 62
    The Hague,   Netherlands  2594 AW
  • Authors:
    • Flury, F C
  • Publication Date: 1992

Language

  • Dutch

Media Info

  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00674056
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 8 1995 12:00AM