SEA helps improve safety on Level Crossings

White Hart Lane Level Crossing

15 December 2016

White Hart Lane Level Crossing

The ROADflow Signal system developed by SEA is a UK Home Office approved traffic enforcement device that deploys advanced image analytics technology to improve public safety at railway crossings. It identifies road vehicles that fail to comply with the ‘wig wag‘ stop signals and then continue to cross after the red lights start flashing. The technology is non-intrusive, and with no connection to either railway signalling or installation of road based sensors, significantly reduces installation time and costs.

Integrated advanced video analytics are used to detect the flashing red lights coupled with complex optical vehicle tracking to determine absolute position on the road that enables high quality photographic evidence to be digitally transmitted to a national office for processing, resulting in efficient and robust prosecutions.

Following a new collaborative procedure agreed between the British Transport Police and Network Rail, the new system installed at the White Hart Lane level crossing in Richmond provides enforceable evidence that can be used to directly prosecute drivers who fail to comply with the stop signals contrary to the Road Traffic Act 1988.

The White Hart Lane crossing is regarded as a sensitive hotspot, with Network Rail’s assessment indicating that there are currently between 20-30 incidents of misuse at the crossing each day, resulting in enforceable offences being pursued.

Mark O’Flynn, Level Crossing Manager at Network Rail, said: “White Hart Lane level crossing is a notorious hotspot for drivers risking their lives. Drivers jumping the barriers are no joke and it puts lives in danger; not only those in the car, but also nearby pedestrians and train passengers. We want these cameras to act as a deterrent to this kind of reckless behaviour in the first place. It also gives us the direct ability to follow up prosecutions against those people who are continuing to offend.”