Rail safety issues and actions

Sighting restrictions due to road-to-rail angle

Issue number: RO-2013-008-SI-01
Who it affects: Users of B. McCann Road level crossing
Issue owner: Cumco Gypsum Pty Ltd
Transport function: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-008
Issue release date: 07 October 2014
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by Cumco Gypsum Pty Ltd has reduced the risk associated with this safety issue.

Safety issue description

For eastbound road users approaching the B. McCann Road level crossing along the left-side of the road, the view to the track was restricted due to the acute road-to-rail interface.  This was particularly problematic for trucks with the viewing opportunity to the left limited to the cab’s passenger-side window. 

Proactive Action

Action number: RO-2013-008-NSA-072
Action organisation: Cumco Gypsum Pty Ltd
Date: 07 October 2014
Action status: Closed

Cumco Gypsum Pty Ltd has undertaken to realign the road on both sides of the crossing to eliminate the acute road-to-rail interface, such that road users approaching the crossing will have a better view of trains approaching from either direction.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB is satisfied that, when implemented, the actions advised by Cumco Pty Ltd to address the acute road-to-rail interface will reduce the risk of collision for vehicles approaching along the left side of the road.

Additional correspondence

Response date: 21 December 2014
Response from: Cumco Pty L
Action status: Closed
Response text:

Both approaches of B. McCann Road to the level crossing have been realigned to eliminate the acute road-to-rail interface angle.

Last update 19 October 2016