Network Rail completes crossing barrier programme

Dolau (Wales) level crossing. Previously open now fitted with barriers. NETWORK RAIL.

Network Rail’s final two open level crossings have been upgraded, marking the completion of a three-year national programme.

Sixty-six automatic open level crossings (AOCLs) - where the train driver previously had to ensure the crossing was clear before proceeding - have now been fitted with modular barrier systems to reduce the risk of road vehicles colliding with trains.

Network Rail began the works in response to a Rail Accident Investigation Branch report that identified AOCLs as those with the highest risk of a collision on public roads, in the wake of a fatal accident at Halkirk in Scotland in 2009.

A modular approach meant that half-barriers could be retrofitted to existing signalling systems, instead of a costly conversion to a conventional barrier design.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 790, published on December 23.

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