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Level crossing near miss sparks ARTC safety review

<p>The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will review safety at several level crossings in the wake of a near miss in Salisbury, South Australia last week.</p> <p>ARTC managing director David Marchant said an investigation is still being conducted into how the Australian Railroad Group (ARG) train driver ran through a red light at the level crossing on September 29.</p> <p>"A full investigation into the near miss at Kings Road level crossing is still being undertaken," Mr Marchant said. "However, I have received preliminary advice on what took place on Monday [September 29&#93 and on further safety enhancements which could be undertaken.</p> <p>"The first fundamental issue is that the train and train drivers should not have proceeded past a red light."</p> <p>The ARTC is also looking at the safety window at that level crossing and at several other crossings in Adelaide to see what improvements can be made to back-up boom gate safety, designed to operate when a train driver runs past a crossing’s red light.</p> <p>"Based on a preliminary review, ARTC will be moving the rail signal at Kings Road level crossing and extending the time window for lights and boom gates activation," Mr Marchant said.</p> <br />