Human-centered measures to enhance safety at level crossings

Annika Dressler (Corresponding author), Anne Silla, Annie Kortsari, Grigore Havarneanu, Sarah Whalley, Jan Grippenkoven

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Road user behavior plays a major role in accidents at level crossings. Therefore, measures to improve safety at level crossings should be developed with a human factors perspective. Moreover, they should be affordable and applicable to a large number of crossings to achieve tangible safety effects. We report on work to collect and design human-centered low-cost measures to enhance the safety of level crossings that was part of the European project SAFER-LC. First, a pool of design ideas was collected from the research literature, models of road user behavior, and a design workshop with road and rail experts. Second, the measures collected were filtered, categorized and ranked in a three-step process including a classification of their application context and an assessment of their prospects to reduce accident risk. The resulting set comprises 89 measures and will be further developed into a web-based toolbox for road and rail safety practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
Event8th Transport Research Arena, TRA 2020 - Conference cancelled - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 27 Apr 202030 Apr 2020


Conference8th Transport Research Arena, TRA 2020 - Conference cancelled
Abbreviated titleTRA 2020
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  • human factors
  • road users
  • errors
  • violations
  • rail safety
  • cost-effectiveness

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Dressler, A., Silla, A., Kortsari, A., Havarneanu, G., Whalley, S., & Grippenkoven, J. (Accepted/In press). Human-centered measures to enhance safety at level crossings. Paper presented at 8th Transport Research Arena, TRA 2020 - Conference cancelled, Helsinki, Finland.