Adoption of low-cost rail level crossing warning devices : an Australian case study

Wullems, Christian & Nikandros, George (2012) Adoption of low-cost rail level crossing warning devices : an Australian case study. In Flammini, Francesco (Ed.) Railway Safety, Reliability, and Security: Technologies and Systems Engineering. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 399-423.

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The objective of this chapter is to provide rail practitioners with a practical approach for determining safety requirements of low-cost level crossing warning devices (LCLCWDs) on an Australian railway by way of a case study. LCLCWDs, in theory, allow railway operators to improve the safety of passively controlled crossing by upgrading a larger number of level crossings with the same budget that would otherwise be used to upgrade these using the conventional active level crossing control technologies, e.g. track circuit initiated flashing light systems. The chapter discusses the experience and obstacles of adopting LCLCWDs in Australia, and demonstrates how the risk-based approach may be used to make the case for LCLCWDs.

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ID Code: 51009
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Rail Level Crossings, Low-cost, Safety, Reliability, Risk, CRC for Rail Innovation
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1643-1.ch019
ISBN: 9781466616448
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING (091500) > Risk Engineering (excl. Earthquake Engineering) (091507)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Rail Transportation and Freight Services (150702)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 21 Jun 2012 04:22
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2017 21:02

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