“It’s pathological”: Exploring gaps in the whole-systems approach for managing operations and safety risk at a fully automatic rail level crossing

Naweed, Anjum, Rose, Janette, Larue, Gregoire, & Wullems, Chris (2016) “It’s pathological”: Exploring gaps in the whole-systems approach for managing operations and safety risk at a fully automatic rail level crossing. In 11th World Congress on Railway Research, 29 May - 2 June 2016, Milan, Italy.

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There are 23,500 level crossings in Australia. In these risky environments, it is important to understand what human factor issues are present and how road users and pedestrians engage with crossings. On-site observations were performed over a 2-day period at a 3-track active crossing. This was followed by 52 interviews with level crossing users. Over 700 separate violations were recorded, with representations in multiple categories (e.g. going through flashing lights >2s after starting flashing; stopping on crossing). Time stamping revealed that the crossing was active for 59% of the time in some morning periods and trains could take up to 4-min to arrive following first activation. Users experienced frustration due to delays caused by the frequency of trains, which increased likelihood of risk-taking. Analysis of interview data identified themes associated with congestion, safety, and violations. This work offers insight into context specific issues associated with active level crossing protection.

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ID Code: 95768
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Road and rail safety, automatic rail level crossing, driver violations, systems approach
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > COGNITIVE SCIENCE (170200) > Decision Making (170202)
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
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 25 May 2016 23:18
Last Modified: 30 May 2016 16:38

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