After heavy train accident Groningen Winsum this week with multiple injuries was again brought to the nagging question of why there are potentially dangerous unguarded railway crossings exist in the Netherlands. How hard can it be to foreclose a moving train other traffic?
That seems fair question to answer simple, but it is rather disappointing in practice. The Netherlands has currently 89 public unguarded railway crossings. In addition, there are roughly nine hundred 'private' transitions without security, often passages on farmland or industrial sites that are not normally open to the public.
The transition in Winsum is notorious. Earlier accident took place. In 2014 even twice with deadly consequences. Yet a quick solution yet in sight. According to ProRail is also not very crazy. With a simple barrier you're not there yet, there must also be made loops in the track.
An expensive considering for investment that are used relatively little. Moreover, according to the network administrator, is a guarded transition is not necessarily secure. Also in such passages accidents happen by careless road users, approximately thirty per year.
By Editors AD: Photo: Reuters