Safe railways for Australia

Level crossing safety

Level crossing safety

There are more than 23,000 level crossings in Australia many of which involve interactions between rail operations, road traffic, cyclists and pedestrians every minute of every day. At all of these level crossings there exists a level of risk to safety – indeed, other than suicide and trespass, accidents at level crossings are the primary cause of railway related fatalities among the general public.

ONRSR’s expectations

All rail safety stakeholders, including the general public, have a role to play in improving safety at level crossings and ONRSR continues to advocate for co-operation between all parties that will ultimately help reduce the rate of fatalities and serious injuries associated with collisions. ONRSR also continues to be fully supportive of the work being done by government and industry to remove level crossings and to commit to a policy of no new level crossings unless totally unavoidable.

ONRSR’s actions

For the past twelve months, ONRSR, on behalf of the National Level Crossing Safety Committee (NLCSC), has been developing a National Level Crossing Portal. In time, this will allow for level crossing safety data to be available to a range of rail safety stakeholders, on demand, through a self-serve online portal. The data sets will assist decision makers in government, industry and among other stakeholders to be better informed when making safety investment and planning decisions or undertaking research. Significant progress is being made on stage one of the portal which will initially incorporate ONRSR occurrence data and some ALCAM data. With stakeholder engagement on the development and implementation of the first stage ongoing, a mid-2021 completion and launch date is being targeted.

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Last updated: 2 February 2021