The driver of a pick-up truck and three passengers travelling with him were killed when the vehicle was hit by a train on a level crossing between Potharam and Jed Samian, Ratcchaburi Province.
Witnesses of the accident which occurred during the evening of September 24th, have said that the pick-up was in a line of traffic that was waiting for the train to cross the highway. Then the pick-up was driven from the queue and had overtaken the queue of traffic. The pick-up was crossing the railway as the train hit the vehicle with fatal consequences for the four occupants of the road vehicle.
Having successfully leased the Port of Melbourne to the private sector for AUD 9.7 billion, the State of Victoria has now put a further eleven Melbourne conurbation level crossing closure projects out to tender.
The State Government is intent on having 37 level crossing elimination projects underway or completed in advance of the 2018 state elections. However, the state’s Public Transport Minister has warned that eliminating 50 level crossings in the Melbourne metropolitan region may now cost between AUD 6.0-7.0 billion, this is up to AUD 1.0 billion than previously anticipated. subsequent “clarification” has said that the level crossing elimination budget remains between AUD 5.0-6.0 billion with the balance to be charged to the budget for station reconstruction and other consequential rail network improvements
However, the money coming from the Federal Government’s asset recycling scheme bonus payment of 15% of the sum raised from the lease of the Port of Melbourne has been halved to AUD 877.5 million because the state government-federal government bilateral agreement was not concluded before June 30th, 2016. A state cry of foul appears justified.
The incoming 2014 labor administration pledged to eliminate 50 greater Melbourne urban level crossings within two four-year parliamentary terms with 20 to be gone by 2018.
The level crossing of Poteau’s Dewey Avenue where a mother and three of her children were killed and a fourth child seriously injured had already been slated for improvement. The need to upgrade the level crossing with the addition of barriers and a dedicated pedestrian walkway at the active open crossing was identified in 2011. Next, the upgrade was included in Oklahoma’s bid for federal funding from the TIGER programme for transport infrastructure improvements.
Oklahoma’s Transportation Commission approved the upgrade with an estimated cost of USD0.313 million at its August 2016 board meeting on the basis of the state contributing some USD266,000 and USD15,000 from FHWA’s federal budget. The remaining USD31,000 to come from the City of Poteau has yet to be authorised and is due to be considered by the city fathers later this month. Previously, the City of Poteau has determined that it didn’t have the budget for its share of the upgrade funding.
The City of Poteau Police Department has confirmed that when the emergency services arrived at the crossing of the Kansas City Southern right of way, the lights and audible alarm were still operating.
Australia’s national rail safety regulator has published a level crossing policy document which sets out an approach based around no new level crossings and a risk-based and proportionate reduction in risk at existing level crossings through closure and upgrade of level crossings.
To read more go to: http://www.onrsr.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/17620/Policy-Railway-Crossings.pdf