10:41 am, Tuesday 18 September, 2012
Photo: Nine News
After a truck driver received serious injuries last week when his truck was stuck on railway tracks, see our report here, the Queensland Government has announced a new trial to make railway crossings safer.
The trial involves drivers that are approaching railway crossings being informed about approaching trains with messages broadcast on their car radios.
Three organisations are on the shortlist to conduct the Rail Level Crossing Safety Technology Trial that is set to cost $1 million. Scott Emerson, the Transport Minister, said that NFA Innovations, La Trobe University and Railnet Safety Systems are all being considered to conduct the testing of three new safety measures in Queensland.
There were 213 near misses at Queensland railway crossings between January and June this year with 130 of those in southeast Queensland and the remaining 83 in regional areas.
The three technologies to be tested are:
1. The car radio warning broadcasts
2. Lights that line the lanes of the road leading to the crossing that light up when a train approaches
3. Warning lights and signs that are solar powered that would not be affected by electricity blackouts
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