Sühr, Switzerland: How many accidents before action is taken?

1 May

A cyclist was serioiously injured at about 16.10 on April 29th, 2013 when he was struck by a train at a level crossing where – eight months ago – two people were killed. Locally in Sühr, Aargau, the  level crossing at the intersection of Wynemattestrasse and Gränicherstrasse at which the accident occurred is notorious and widely considered to be unsafe. At a Cantonal level, the upgrade of the level crossing has not been a priority with a media report citing an official as having said, in the wrong way, that there had not been enough accidents!

Now, there is agreement that the level crossing at the intersection of Wynemattestrasse and Gränicherstrasse of the WSB right-of-way at the junction with Wynemattestrasse should be upgraded to automatic half-barrier status and that the upgrade should take place in 2014.

One Response to “Sühr, Switzerland: How many accidents before action is taken?”

  1. John Cartledge May 1, 2013 at 19:51 #

    This reminds me of when I was a councillor and constituents lobbied me seeking road safety improvements. If I said that other sites had higher priority, they’d ask “Does somebody have to be killed there before you’ll do anything about it?” The true answer, which I could never give, is that this would certainly help their cause. JC.

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