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Level Crossings Working Group

The Traffic Control Devices Manual Part 9 Level Crossings provides guidance on industry good practice, including where necessary practice mandated by law.  The latest version (2012) includes minor editorial changes to reflect current practices and policies.  It also includes new road signs, markings and guidance on responsibilities within adjacent road and rail corridors, as well as at the intersections of these.

Part 9 has Investment, State Highway and Local Guideline status.  The NZTA document sponsor is the National Manager Planning.  The proposed review date for the 2012 version is June 2016.  Go to Part 9 Level Crossings

The Level Crossings Working Group was first established in 1999 to develop a policy for road/rail crossings and bridges and address the problems of getting access through the rail corridor for maintenance.  A Deed of Grant was negotiated with TranzRail and approved by the RCA Forum in 2002, but the Deed of Grant's  continued relevance was affected by the change to the rail network being managed by ONTRACK, a government agency. The Group then worked on the adaption for New Zealand use of the Australian Level Crossing Assessment Model (ALCAM) and reviews of pedestrian level crossing issues, rail bridge strikes and a survey of public and private crossings.  Finally, the group has prepared the new section of the Traffic Control Devices Manual: Part 9 Level Crossings.

This working group includes:  Allan Nielson (KiwiRail), Peter McCallum (FRONZ), Bill Greenwood (NZTA), Adrian Douglas (NZTA), Tim Hughes (NZTA), Graeme Hudson (NZTA), Adrian Price (AT) and Stephen Griffin (Buller District Council).



Current Topics
ALCAM is continuing to be developed.  The results of consultation on safe stopping distance criteria (AS 1724) are expected to be incorporated when these become available.

Discussions on agreeing a generic deed of grant for the road/rail interface at all level crossings are expected to begin later in 2013.


Meetings & Workshops

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