Queensland: Level crossing new technology trial gets underway

30 Sep

Scott Emerson MP, Queensland's Transport and Main Roads Minister

Scott Emerson MP, Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads Minister

New level crossing technology that will warn motorists of approaching trains will be switched on this week at two locations in the north of Queensland locations. This is the latest stage in a state government led initiative to reduce the harm arising at level crossings.

Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads Minister, Scott Emerson, has said that the new “radio break-in” technology will be trialled at Calcium and Broughton, between Townsville and Charters Towers, to provide added warnings to motorists at railway crossings. The technology has been developed at La Trobe University to alert motorists if there is a train approaching the level crossing.

“The technology wirelessly detects the presence of motor vehicles in relation to trains and can broadcast a warning announcement through the vehicle’s radio, as well as displaying a visual warning through a unit fitted above the dashboard,” Emerson says.

“The devices were installed in 22 trains and 23 vehicles which regularly use railway crossings at Manton Quarry Road, Calcium and Gromac Quarry Access Road, Broughton.

“The trial will help determine its effectiveness and whether it can be rolled out to additional railway crossings in Queensland.”

The “radio break-in” technology is one of three new solutions being trialled as part of an AUD 2 million project to improve safety at railway crossings.

Two additional railway crossing safety trials will also start in the coming months to test other systems.

“A different type of “radio break-in” technology and a solar-powered railway crossing warning system will be trialled at locations in south west Queensland,” Emerson says.

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