Microsimulation modelling of driver behaviour towards alternative warning devices at railway level crossings

Tey, Li-Sian, Zhu, Sicong, Ferreira, Luis and Wallis, Guy (2014) Microsimulation modelling of driver behaviour towards alternative warning devices at railway level crossings. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 71 177-182. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2014.05.014


Author Tey, Li-Sian
Zhu, Sicong
Ferreira, Luis
Wallis, Guy
Title Microsimulation modelling of driver behaviour towards alternative warning devices at railway level crossings
Journal name Accident Analysis and Prevention   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-4575
1879-2057
Publication date 2014-10-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.aap.2014.05.014
Volume 71
Start page 177
End page 182
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Level crossings are amongst the most complex of road safety issues, due to the addition of rail infrastructure, trains and train operations. The differences in the operational characteristics of different warning devices together with varying crossing, traffic or/and train characteristics, cause different driver behaviour at crossings. This paper compares driver behaviour towards two novel warning devices (rumble strips and in-vehicle audio warning) with two conventional warning devices (flashing light and stop sign) at railway level crossings using microsimulation modelling. Two safety performance indicators directly related to collision risks, violation and time-to-collision, were adopted. Results indicated the active systems were more effective at reducing likely collisions compared to passive devices. With the combined application of driving simulation and traffic microsimulation modelling, traffic safety performance indicators for a level crossing can be estimated. From these, relative safety comparisons for the different traffic devices are derived, or even for absolute safety evaluation with proper calibration from field investigations.
Keyword Alternative warning systems
Driver behaviour
Microsimulation
Railway level crossing
Safety evaluation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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