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Paris november 2005

Improving safety at level crossings

Deutsche Bahn AG

Dr. Schmidberger

Systemverbund Bahn

Paris, November.2005

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Level crossings of the German Railway in 2004

Level crossings total 23,411

level crossings with flashing lights or light signals 1,634

level crossings with fl.l. / l.s. and half barriers 6,860

level crossings with barriers 2,810

active level crossings ( with technology) 11,304

passive level crossings (without technology) 12,107

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flashing lights/light signals

flashing lights/light signals with half-barriers

number: 1,634

number: 6,860

Level Crossings

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Level Crossings

passive level crossings (without technology)

light signals with barriers

number: 12,107

number: 2,810

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Accidents on Level crossings by the German Railway

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Accidents on Level crossings by the German Railway in 2004

Accidents on Level crossings total 251

on passive level crossings (without technology) 106

level crossings with flashing lights or light signasl 53

level crossings with fl.l. / l.s. and half barriers 85

level crossings with barriers 7

on active level crossings ( with technology) 145

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Number of fatalities per level crossing - international comparison

Netherlands

0.0103

Portugal

0.0066

Belgium

0.0061

Luxembourg

0.0054

Germany

0.0032

0.0027

France

Finland

0.0020

0.0007

Norway

Source: Deutsche Bahn AG, 1998

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Activities on level crossings in the last years

„ Safe across“

  • Common action „ Safe across“ of DB AG, German Automobile Association (ADAC) and DVR of 2002 - 2004

  • comprehensive press campaign in 8 cities: Berlin, Warendorf, Mainz, Kiel, Halle, Braunschweig, Nürnberg and Frankfurt/M

  • Production of 1 million Flyers, enlightenment movie concerning correct behavior at level crossings for schools, driving schools, police, border control and others

  • New learning and testing documents for driving schools in cooperation with DB

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Activities on level crossings in the last years

„ Safe across“

  • Aim of the campaign

    • to sustain the downward trend in accidents at level crossings

  • Approach of the “sicher drüber” (“crossing safely”) enlightenment campaign

    • draws attention to the hazards of rail traffic

    • explains what relevant road signs mean

    • sets out the correct way to behave

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Activities on level crossings in the last years

  • Manual for the level crossings appearance

    Contains recommendations for the road-lateral safety device of level crossing,

  • for use by road construction authorities, transport authorities, municipalities, police, Deutsche Bahn AG and other railways,

  • Seminar „Safety on Level Crossings“

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Lane halving,level crossing guard.

Activities on level crossings in the last years

Pilot project „lane separation“ at half barriers. The project is now running for one year without accidents in Güstrow. A second pilot is planned.

  • level crossing guard as replacement for failed technical safety device

  • spare measure for loss of the technical safety device

  • because of substantially reduced safety level, post safety device is to be used only at short notice.

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Lane halving,level crossing guard.

Future activities on level crossings

  • Second pilot project „Lane Separation“ at half barriers in Bavaria an in other regions

  • Seminar „Safety on Level Crossings“ will be continued

  • Research and Development on a „bend or straighten“ - barrier as replacement for half barriers.

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Further measures to enhance safety at level crossings

  • Replacement of level crossings by bridges or tunnels

  • Installing protection equipment at unprotected level crossings

  • “Improving Visibility of Level Crossings” pilot project at Rottal

  • Checking existing protection systems on their suitability for the present-day traffic situation

  • Involvement in federal/federal state “Traffic Safety At Level Crossings” committee

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