The TrackSAFE Foundation has today launched its International Level Crossing Safety Study Tour Report which shares innovations in level crossing safety that are being utilised overseas, helping to advance solutions domestically.
The Report comes off the back of the TrackSAFE Foundation leading an International Level Crossing Safety Study Tour (Study Tour) in March to the USA and UK. The Study Tour saw 13 delegates from rail organisations from across Australia and New Zealand investigate ways in which these countries manage risk and discover a range of new and innovative level crossing safety technologies.
“The Study Tour provided a unique opportunity to expose Australian and New Zealand senior rail safety professionals to the impressive range of technologies and innovative approaches to level crossing safety currently being used overseas,” said Naomi Frauenfelder Executive Director TrackSAFE Foundation.
“Creating international opportunities for collaboration on level crossing safety will provide global sources of inspiration and new ideas for how to combat the issue locally. With roughly 23,500 level crossings across our network, level crossing collisions remain of serious concern for the rail industry.
“Sharing and staying abreast of international knowledge around level crossing safety together with evidence of effective means for reducing collisions and near misses will empower our Australian and New Zealand rail industries to look at the issue in a different way and tackle it with a new direction.
“The Report highlights a number of level crossing safety technologies and innovations at play, coupled with documentation of the experiences of our colleagues abroad. It became clear via the Study Tour that Australia and New Zealand are leaders in level crossing safety, yet we are determined to do better. Our rail industries are always looking for new technologies and adopting new ideas, this is what makes us among the best. Similarly, overseas rail industries are keen to learn from us. We are all facing the same issues when it comes to level crossing safety meaning continued rail industry collaboration is vital and is something this Report recommends highly.
“The technologies experienced overseas and detailed in the Report will be catalogued into a Level Crossing Safety Database along with innovations being employed domestically.
“The Report follows the recent launch of the revised National Railway Level Crossing Safety Strategy 2017 – 2020 and speaks directly to its recommendations calling on greater collaboration of the rail industry and harnessing the potential of rapidly emerging technologies being trialled and utilised around the world,” said Ms Frauenfelder.
Click here to access a copy of the International Level Crossing Safety Study Tour Report or visit: http://tracksafefoundation.com.au/international-level-crossing-safety-tour