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There are over 1000 near hits at train level crossings (LXings) in NSW each year and many of these happen at passive crossings. Unfortunately, the solution to fix all the crossings at once is impossible. There needs to be an understanding of where LXings pose the most risk to drivers for prioritisation.
By using Compass, UTS analysed driver behaviour entering or near the crossings by looking at g-forces, braking, accelerating, and swerving behaviour in Compass road Intelligence. Identifying near-misses would also help identify risky behaviour.
In the example below is the crossing on Castlereagh Highway, which was identified as high risk in NSW. Data showed:
Curve advisory speed limits found on Castlereagh Hwy.
Acceleration graphs indicate harsh braking and sudden acceleration along speed limits.
Harsh steering felt even in speeds ranging around the recommended speed limit.
With data suggesting that the crossing at Castlereagh Hwy, along with many others, as a risk to drivers, it is recommended that the LXings be updated and revised so that they are less passive and make drivers wary of where they are. It is also recommended that there should be a risk platform that uses all available data sources for a better understanding of LXings in the future.
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