Every year, more than 330 people are killed in more than 1200 accidents at road-rail level crossings in the European Union. The level crossings have been identified as being a particular weak point in road infrastructure, seriously affecting road safety. In the case of railway transport, level crossings accidents contribute to as much as 50% of all fatalities caused by railway operations. In order to help to minimise the current accident statistics SELCAT intends to carry out the following coordination activities: -To provide a knowledge base for the improvement of level crossing safety by carrying out an analysis of results of safety-related projects from FP5 and FP6 with regard to Railway and Road Transport -To provide an overview of existing and planned level crossing research in European countries and in Japan -To analyse incident and accident data and databases related to level crossings -To propose a standard for reporting level crossing accidents in European countries -To set up a common level crossing accident information system -To examine the potential for, and practicability of, existing and new technologies to improve the safety and the performance of level crossing systems. -To investigate the applicability of available risk and cost-benefit analysis methods for the classification of technological solutions for the safer interface of rail and road traffic at level crossings -To disseminate the results of SELCAT by specific workshops, special sessions at conferences and setting up a thematic Level Crossing web portal. In general the coordinating activities of SELCAT will contribute to the practical implementation of the Safety Directive of the European Parliament which prescribes a wide range of new duties of stakeholders in railway transport. By performing a deep analysis of completed and existing European research SELCAT aims to identify the future research needs for the road/rail sectors in respect of level crossing safety.
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