Effect of three countermeasures against the illegal crossing of railway tracks

Anne Silla (Corresponding Author), Juha Luoma

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    This study was designed to investigate the effects of three countermeasures - landscaping, building a fence and prohibitive signs - on the frequency of trespassing, which in this case means crossing the track at places where it is forbidden. At each location the official route was no more than 300 m away. The main results showed that the effect of each countermeasure on the frequency of trespassing was statistically significant. Specifically, the fencing reduced trespassing by 94.6%, followed by landscaping (91.3%) and prohibitive signs (30.7%). The majority of illegal crossings were committed alone and the persons trespassing were mostly adults and men. In addition, the results demonstrated some tendencies of how the effects of the selected countermeasures can vary with the characteristics of the trespassers. The main implication of this study is that the building of physical barriers such as landscaping or fencing is recommended for reducing trespassing. However, if the required resources are not available or the site is not suitable for such measures, the use of prohibitive signs is recommended. Further, there is a need to tailor the countermeasures to the characteristics of the trespassers in order to ensure that the most appropriate countermeasures are applied.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1089-1094
    Number of pages6
    JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Railway trespassing
    • Railways
    • Measurement
    • Countermeasures


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