In 2019 the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation conducted a review of current international practices in the prevention of trespass and suicide/ self-harm incidents on urban rail systems and explored the findings with ACRI participants in discussion forums.
The report includes a tabulated summary of the literature in relation to:
- Physical design: physical barriers, design of rolling stock, lighting at stations etc
- Media guidelines
- General education program: including rail safety presentations and public service announcements
- Identification of ‘hotspots’ and introduction of controls at ‘hotspots’
- Control systems framework/approach for organisational management
- Signage: including installation of warning and prohibitive signs, posters , advertising helpline numbers
- Collaboration with other stakeholders/entities; including partnering with law enforcement agencies, local leaders and mental health support agencies
- Education programs for rail staff
- Monitoring and/or detection systems: systems that detect trespass or violation of a boundary
- Engaging with lived experience individuals: involvement with persons who have attempted or considered railway suicide or an individual who has experience of another person’s suicide
- Community survey.
The review found numerous gaps in the literature.
A summary of the report is available here .
The literature review is available here
The report of the discussion forums is available here.