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There are over 1000 near hits at train level crossings (TLCs) in NSW each year and many of these happen at passive crossings. Unfortunately, the solution to fix all the crossings at once is impossible. There needs to be an understanding of where TLCs pose the most risk to drivers for prioritisation.

By Using Compass, a university analysed driver behaviour entering or near the crossings by looking at g-forces, braking, accelerating, and swerving behaviour in Brakepoint. Identifying near hits in Safepoint would also help identify risky behaviour.

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In the example below is the crossing on Castlereagh Highway, which was identified as high risk in NSW. Data from Brakepoint showed:

Curve advisory speed limits found on Castlereagh Hwy.

Curve advisory speed limits found on Castlereagh Hwy.

Acceleration graphs indicate harsh braking and sudden acceleration along speed limits.

Acceleration graphs indicate harsh braking and sudden acceleration along speed limits.

Harsh steering felt even in speeds ranging around the recommended speed limit.

Harsh steering felt even in speeds ranging around the recommended speed limit.

With data suggesting that the crossing at Castlereagh Hwy, along with many others, as a risk to drivers, it is recommended that the TLCs be updated and revised so that they are less passive and make drivers wary of where they are. It is also recommended that there should be a risk platform that uses all available data sources for a better understanding of TLCs in the future.

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