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
Operation affected: Rail: Infrastructure
Background: Investigation Report RO-2013-008
Date: 07 October 2014

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 organisation: Cumco Gypsum Pty Ltd
Action number: RO-2013-008-NSA-072
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 response:

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.


Date received: 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.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

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

Last update 19 October 2016