There have been more than 23,000 level crossings in Australia. Accidents at level crossings are the primary cause of railway-related fatalities among the general public, and pose a significant risk to train passengers and crew. This project critically reviewed, analysed and summarised available literature and Australian data to determine the significance of train conspicuity as a contributing factor to collision risk at regional level crossings.
The study found that several states, including Queensland, were over-represented in terms of incident and near-miss rates at level crossings. Interacting with level crossings at night, in non-metro areas and on roads with higher speed limits were associated with high-risk incidents while active level crossing control played a positive role in reducing the incident risk levels.
Funding / Grants
- Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (2022 - 2022)