Integrating and optimising road-rail infrastructure
The SAFER-LC project aims to tackle the problem of fatalities and accidents at the intersections between railways and roads, more commonly referred to as level crossings (LCs). At present, over half of the 120,000 LCs across Europe remain unprotected, resulting in around one serious injury and one fatality per day. The SAFER-LC project brings together 17 partners committed to tackling the LC security issues through the development of innovative solutions and tools for the proactive management and upgrading of LC infrastructure.
The project aims to develop and test user-friendly low-cost and innovative solutions that offer fast and functional early warning systems for rail and road transport at level crossings.
In order to guarantee the safety of LCs across Europe, smart systems must be developed that detect oncoming vehicles and act as the communication link between the vehicles concerned and the LC infrastructure.
Robust cooperation mechanisms between stakeholders of different transport modes are also required so as to facilitate and promote common road and rail standards for warning and detection systems in the future.
IRU contributed to the SAFER-LC project by identifying the needs and requirements for a safer LC management. The latter work is now used to build business models to ensure a successful deployment of the solutions developed in the project.
IRU will also actively participate in the elaboration of recommendations and guidelines to improve safety at level crossings. Due to its large member base, IRU is in a position to voice the results and disseminate them widely to its members.
All road transport operators will benefit from the results of the SAFER-LC project, which aims both at developing measures to improve safety at level crossings and at mitigating the consequences of the disruptions caused by incidents and accidents. Ted Zotos, Project Manager
SAFER-LC aims to develop and publish a toolbox, which will summarise the findings of the project and provide solutions to help stakeholders improve safety at LCs. The content for the toolbox will be collected in several stages under the supervision of experts from both inside and outside the consortium.