Organized by:
  • RFF
  • RFF


The main theme of level crossing 2008 is about building partnerships and learning about management of the risks. It is divided into 4 sub-topics.

1. Safety and Human Issues

a) Education

  • Road signage (international driving issues)
  • Work in partnership with local communities including the education of level users
  • Road vehicle driver education
  • Identifying and sharing good practice between different countries/cultures
  • Campaigns to educate read users of the risk of Level Crossings

b) Trespass and Vandalism

  • Security and monitoring of level crossing to prevent trespass
  • Do private or heritage railways have any particular difficulties in respect to trespass and vandalism when compared with “heavy” rail?

2. Engineering and Operation

a) Road and rail

  • Road vehicle crashworthiness
  • In car warning systems – how can a level crossing be better presented by SatNav systems?
  • Weaving at automatic half barrier crossings (use of lane separators/median strips)
  • Obstacle detection and photo enforcement methodologies
  • Level Crossing Design and installation
  • Managing the road/rail interface on lines signalled by ETCS
  • Track design and components and their impact on level crossings

b) System interaction Interaction with:

  • the public
  • Local Authorities – road layout
  • Safety Regulators

3. Risk Management

a) Evaluation

  • Benchmarking of the road and rail risk at the “at grade interface”
  • Criteria against which level Crossings can be considered similar and comparable (technical consistency, location environment, type of users, density private/public)
  • Concentration of risk at active open level crossings and the risk elements
  • Implications on risk profile of lightweight rail vehicles and heavier road vehicles
  • Managing safety and risk at level crossings
  • International research collaboration and joint programmes for risk reduction at level crossings, including joint road/rail inspection regimes
  • Understanding level crossing risk and prioritising of remedial action
  • Understanding Level Crossing risk as a bi-modal issue

b) Economics

  • Understanding the economic case for level crossing closure
  • Lower cost level crossing technologies
  • Impact on insurance policies of accidents at level crossings
  • Benefits for the rail and road community of working with the insurance sector to drive up level crossing risk awareness and driving down the cost of premiums

4. Future Vision

  • The way forward
  • Engagement with other sectors