Traffic safety and enforcement system provider SEA has completed an installation of its Red Light Safety Enforcement System at a railway level crossing in Greenland Mill, Bradford-on-Avon which it says, as the first RLSE installed in Network Rail’s Western region, will help improve road safety and save lives.
SEA’s RLSE is an enforcement system, detecting vehicles failing to stop at level crossings, and is a highly cost-effective means of improving safety for both road and rail users. The visible deterrent encourages drivers to stop at the level crossing when the lights and barriers are activated. If an offence is detected, the system supports a simple and efficient enforcement process by sending evidence to the police for review and action.
The complexity of the Greenland Mill level crossing site, which is located between a tunnel and a bridge on a river embankment, presented several installation challenges. To overcome access and ground issues, SEA worked collaboratively with civil contractors ERH Ltd and O’Neill’s Construction, and main column supplier ALC Ltd to install a patented folding column which was enhanced with a unique root design. This effectively removed risks around the impact of the embankment foundations and the need for road closures to install the system.
In addition, the system’s remote location required a power supply to be sourced from adjacent lampposts. The low power consumption of the RLSE System makes this power source viable.
Mike Prottey, Project Manager at SEA, said: “Through collaboration with our partners and Network Rail, we have been able to successfully deliver a bespoke solution to a tight timescale that will improve safety and help save lives at the Greenland Mill level crossing.
“Our rail enforcement technology is forging real changes in driver behaviour and has helped reduce driving offences and increase safety at level crossings at many locations across the country. We look forward to continuing our close relationship with Network Rail and supporting the system at Greenland Mill.”
Niall Spencer, Sponsor at Network Rail, said: “Safety is our number one priority and thanks to close joint working with SEA, we are able to make a difference at Greenland Mill level crossing that will help save lives.
“We are continually looking at ways of improving safety where road meets rail, and this is another significant step forwards.”
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