Safety technology trial for Qld rail crossing


New technology to provide road users with advanced notice of an approaching train at a level crossing will be trialled in south west Queensland.

Safety technology trial for Qld rail crossing
Safety technology is on trial for rail crossings

New technology to provide road users with advanced notice of an approaching train at a level crossing will be trialled in south west Queensland.

Radio break-in technology has been installed at Malu, between Oakey and Dalby.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson says the trail began earlier this week the installation of the devices in 28 trains and 25 vehicles that regularly use the railway crossing at Malu Quarry Road.

"During the trial, we will monitor the behaviour of these motorists and collect data to allow us to compare driver behaviour before and after the technology," Emerson says.

Radio break-in technology is one of three different technologies being trialled across Queensland as part of a $2 million government commitment to improve safety at railway crossings.

Emerson says the Malu trial will help determine the effectiveness of radio break-in systems and whether they could be rolled out to additional railway crossings in Queensland.

Emerson says another type of radio break-in technology, developed by La Trobe University, is also being trialed in north Queensland.

He says the Government will trial a solar-powered warning system in the south west early next year.

"The system is an alternate type of flashing lights and will be trialled at Maag Street, Toowoomba and Lane Road, Lanefield," Emerson says.

"As always, motorists and pedestrians need to do their part and obey the signs and signals at all railway crossings."

Emerson says there were 65 near misses at railway crossings in the south west last financial year.

During the same period, near misses on the Queensland Rail network decreased from 489 to 351 or by nearly 30 per cent.

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