Sponsored level crossing safety research
Safety issues at level crossings are of concern to the Victorian Government, the wider rail industry and the community.
This page provides an overview of current research into improving safety around level crossings.
Reducing trauma at rail level crossings
Upgrading level crossing protection is expensive and new ways to improve safety are therefore a priority. In 2010, Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) received funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to conduct a study researching human factors issues at level crossings. The research is in partnership with:
- Public Transport Victoria (PTV)
- Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
- University of Southampton (UK)
The project, Application of contemporary systems-based methods to reduce trauma at rail level crossings, is being conducted over four years. It aims to develop a systems-based model of railway level crossing performance. It will take account of road user behaviour and influences (such as signage, protection provided, the sighting distance on the crossing) and other factors known to lead to incidents.
The knowledge developed during the project will include a world-first model of the level crossing system and will support the development of countermeasures to improve safety. We look forward to the findings of the research and seeing these implemented.
More information can be found on the Monash University website.
Previous research into rail level crossing safety
In 2007, we engaged Lloyd's Register to conduct a study into pedestrian behaviour at level crossings. The objective of the study was to identify behaviours of "high risk" pedestrians at public railway crossings and to determine ways to raise the awareness of safety issues with these groups. If you would like a printed or electronic copy of the report, please contact us.
In 2005, we conducted a study into road user behaviour at the Springvale Road, Nunawading railway level crossing. If you would like a printed or electronic copy of the report, please contact us.