Although the safety of railway crossings has improved in recent years, a total number of 7 persons were killed and 8 injured on railway line in the Hungarian counties Györ-Moson-Sopron and Vas as well as in Burgenland in 2010 and 2011. In addition in 70 cases of accidents there was damaged technical equipment of vehicles. The degree of injuries in the case of an accident on railway crossing is very high, since the train usually travels at high speed, resulting in a long braking distance and a high impact speed. Frequently misbehaviour of travelling people is the cause of accidents on railway crossings. Road users from other countries are often unfamiliar with the different regulations in AT and HU and do not know how to behave properly at railway crossings.
The project provides a comprehensive package of measures to improve eco-mobility and regional accessibility in Burgenland-West Hungary.
Within the scope of the project, the following tasks were achieved :
- Safety inspections at selected railway crossings along the investigation routes
- List of measures and a concept to increase traffic safety during railway crossings
- Awareness raising among the population regarding safety and behavior at EK
- Establishment of a cross-border working group with transport experts and authorities
There were provided technical inspections on railroad crossings in AT and HU.
The project will be a base for a higher safety on railroads crosssing in Austria and Hungary.