Advance warning sign technology set to improve rail safety in NSW
Published: August 11, 2023 - Updated: December 7, 2023
The Level Crossing Technology Trial of new advance warning sign technology for railway level crossings has been launched in regional New South Wales by the NSW Government.
Between 2001 and 2021 there were 164 crashes at level crossings between trains and vehicles in NSW, resulting in 16 fatalities and 26 serious injuries – an average collision frequency of one incident every six weeks.
Transport for NSW has worked with SAGE Automation and ARTC to develop the signs.
Level Crossing Technology Trial designed to improve safety
The trial solution includes solar-powered advance warning signs and augmented stop signs.
The advance warning sign at Mary Gilmore Way level crossing in Bribbaree.
The LCAWS advance warning sign (pictured left) and augmented stop sign at the Bribbaree trial site.
The trial is the second major trial of technology developed by SAGE’s Smart Cities and Future Mobility team in the past 12 months. SAGE’s Rural Junction Advance Warning System (RJAWS) is currently trialling in the City of Onkaparinga in South Australia.
RJAWS is focused on the hazards at rural junctions and activates flashing warning lights installed on signs to reduce inattention and complacency of road users.
SAGE’s Smart Cities and Future Mobility team also recently participated in the Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) proof-of-concept showcase for roadworks-specific equipment.
SAGE was selected as part of a small group of industry suppliers who demonstrated industry-leading C-ITS technology to inform future implementation plans for Queensland roadways. Read more about our work in smart cities.