Crossings provide a means for vehicles, pedestrians and animals to cross over train tracks.
Each crossing is different because it is in a different place, but they have a number of features in common.
These features are designed to stop trains from colliding with crossing users and include barriers, gates, coloured lights, bells, mazes, train signals and signs. Crossings may have one or many of these features.
Some places have designated pedestrian level crossings to help keep pedestrians safer, and others have level crossings where cars and pedestrians must share the road.
The risks at level crossings include:
• pedestrian trips
• cyclist falls
• cars or other vehicles colliding with the barriers, pedestrians, or other vehicles
• vehicles or pedestrians colliding with trains.
Most unsafe situations near tracks are caused by people making mistakes, people deliberately ignoring warning signals and signs, and people trespassing along the tracks. Very few unsafe situations are caused by poor visibility, equipment malfunction, or train network or driver error.