Engineers at Infrabel have developed a system to avoid accidents at level crossings, La Libre Belgique and Het Laatste Nieuws reported on Tuesday. The system is equipped with a motion detector that is triggered when someone goes around or passes under a barrier after it is closed.
“The test results are encouraging and many people seem to find it good,” Infrabel spokesman Frédéric Sacré told La Libre Belgique.
Discussions are being held between Infrabel, the Mobility agency and the Office of Mobility Minister François Bellot. The most favoured idea is to have a mobile system installed for short periods at level crossings identified as high-risk, generally located near schools, train stations and unguarded stops.
The number of victims at level crossings has remained stable over the years: 9 each in 2018 and 2017, 4 in 2016, 11 each in 2015 and 2014. Similarly, even if it has gone down, the number of accidents at level crossings is still high: 38 in 2018, down from 51 in 2017.
Belgium has 1,713 level crossings, 95.5% of which are equipped with active signage.