Several key organisations are involved in the upgrade, maintenance and management of level crossings.
Who maintains level crossings?Public transport operators are responsible for ongoing maintenance of railway crossings. They include:
Road authorities inlcuding VicRoads and local councils maintain road approaches to level crossings. This can inlcude signage and the road surface.
- V/Line (country Victorian rail lines)
- Metro (metropolitan Melbourne)
- Australian Rail Track Corporation for interstate rail lines (which also operate through parts of metropolitan and regional Victoria)
Land owners are also required to maintain vegetation around level crossings to ensure a clear line of sight for motorists and trains.
Land owners can include V/Line, VicRoads, councils, utilities including electricity and water companies, or the land may be privately owned (particularly if the crossing is not accessed by the general public).
What role does each organisation perform?V/LineV/Line is responsible for:
Road authoritiesManage the roads that cross rail lines and are responsible for the road surface and road signage.
- Providing passenger services
- Providing access to freight or other passenger services on the network
- Maintaining infrastructure including the rail track, rail reserve, level and pedestrian crossings.
Under the Road Management Act, VicRoads manages the arterial road network and its operation.
Local government road authorities manage the rest of the road network inside their municipal boundaries.
Local governmentManage local roads and can manage arterial roads under agreement with VicRoads.
VicTrack Own all tram and train land and infrastructure on behalf of the State of Victoria. In addition VicTrack in some cases deliver level crossing and pedestrian crossing protection upgrades on behalf of the Department of Transport and manage the Australian Level Crossing Assessment Model.
Department of Transport
The DoT co-ordinates and monitors all public transport services in Victoria
Leases land and infrastructure to the ARTC, V/Line and metropolitan public transport operators (Metro Trains Melbourne)
Manages and monitors the level crossing upgrade funding program and co-ordinates state level crossing committees
Level Crossing Safety
V/Line in partnership with Victoria Police target level crossings around the state using a safety campaign designed to remind pedestrians of the potential consequences of breaking the law at level crossings.
Transit Safety Division Inspector Brendon McCrory said pedestrian and motorist complacency around level crossings was a contributing factor in a number of fatal and injury collisions each year.
Safety Interface Agreements
The Rail Safety Act (2006) legislated a requirement for all parties - including councils, road authorities and land owners - to have a Safety Interface Agreement. This was due to the many people and organisations responsible for level crossings.
SIAs set out an organisation’s responsibilities for level crossings and their maintenance. In the long-term it will help all parties take consistent action to prevent accidents at level crossings. V/Line is working with councils and other authorities in establishing agreements in regional Victoria.
It is expected that SIA process will be completed by mid 2010 for public access road level crossings.
For more info about SIAs and other key level crossing safety issues, contact V/Line at firstname.lastname@example.org.