Rail safety issues and actions
Recommendation issued to: Genesee & Wyoming Aust. Pty. Ltd.
|Date issued:||15 June 2007|
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|Background:||Why this Recommendation was developed|
The ATSB recommends that Genesee & Wyoming Aust. Pty. Ltd. (GWA) examine opportunities with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and the Coorong District Council (CDC) for reducing the road/rail interface risk at the Magpie Drive level crossing13. This should include opportunities for closure of the crossing and/or realignment strategies that will improve both sighting and viewing angles.
13. The ARTC/GWA and the CDC should liaise with the SA Department for Transport, Energy & Infrastructure's Level Crossing Unit (LCU) regarding design and maintenance strategies that are available for reducing the road/rail interface risk at level crossings and to gain assistance with the assessment of options using the ALCAM. Upgrading the crossing to active protection is unlikely to be a realistic option at this location as the crossing was identified as a medium priority on the LCU priority list. However, the LCU should undertake a review in light of the accident and ensure the CDC is fully aware of appropriate risk mitigation strategies that can be implemented to minimise the road/rail risk at this location.