How the right lighting can improve safety for rail operators
There are over 6,000 level crossings across the rail network with many different types, both manned and unmanned. The reality is that these are often the most accessible areas of the network for those attempting to trespass on the line. Good illumination not only minimises the risk of trips and falls for people crossing but also discourages trespass as it increases the perception that they will be seen by localised CCTV and relevant authorities notified.
However, if someone does access the track at a level crossing, it is essential to detect this to prevent crime and avoid collisions between trains and pedestrians. Technologies such as Light Imaging Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) and Infrared (IR) cameras can provide warnings of people on the line. Integrating these devices into the luminaires installed around crossings is an ideal solution.