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Conference on Railway Excellence
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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER'S MESSAGE
Vicki Brown, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation.
Road-rail level crossings are notoriously dangerous; however the cost of replacing all level crossings in Australia and New Zealand with under or over passes would be prohibitive. Distance, terrain and population density make it inevitable that the level crossing will be with us for the foreseeable future.
But that does not mean we should do nothing. Recent additions to research by the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI) into the causes of crashes at level crossings are pointing to ways that safety can be improved - especially in rural and regional settings, which are often used by heavy vehicles and where installation of over or under passes would be out of the question, due to relatively low usage of the crossings and the high cost of grade separation.
Often research findings are counter-intuitive by nature, and in these situations, the value of detailed research becomes clear.
Since the December 2015 ACRI Newsletter, ACRI has delivered a further seven research reports. Now available are a total of eighteen research reports, accessible to ACRI Participants on the ACRI website.
Rail's Role in Making Cities More Liveable and Environmentally Friendly
Australia is one of the most urbanised countries on Earth - but we also have very large distances in between our major urban centres. John Anderson, Chairman of ACRI, discusses the importance of rail in developing more liveable and efficient cities for Australia's future.
ACRI's presence at the 2016 ALC Forum
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) Forum brought together a large ad influential gathering of over 300 leaders and key policy makers in the Australian logistics industry. ACRI showcased its capabilities at the Forum, which was held in March this year at Royal Randwick, Sydney.
ACRI's New Website
The ACRI website has been upgraded! While this new website is visually similar to ACRI's previous website, the 'back of house' functions are much more advanced. This will allow users easier access to the website, and Participants to research reports.
Vicki Brown, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of ACRI represented the organisation at the Light Rail conference during February in Melbourne. New light rail projects are emerging throughout Australia.
Identifying the Risk Factors for SPADs
Principal Research Fellow for ACRI, Dr Anjum Naweed discusses his recent research into task-related and error-producing distractions and behaviours for train drivers that increase the risk of SPADs.
Waiting Times at Level Crossings Leading to Risky Behaviour
ACRI Research Fellow, Dr Grégoire Larue discusses his research into the the correlation between waiting time and motorists' road rules violations at congested railway level crossings.
RISSB Rail Safety Conference 2016
The theme of the 2016 RISSB Rail Safety Conference was "One Regulator. One Vision. One Industry," and the speakers contributing this year were certainly 'on-song' with the theme. ACRI representatives included Chairman, John Anderson, who spoke on ACRI's role in meeting the future demand for transport and enhancing the safety, efficiency, and reliability of rail throughout Australia.
Canberra's Boost for Research Most Welcome
Investment in research and development is highly risky. But despite the risks of R&D spending, there is an even greater collective risk for any nation if it does not do enough research and development. Unfortunately, in recent times this has been where Australia has been headed. John Anderson, Chairman of ACRI, discusses the benefits of long-term funding for innovation.
ACRI to showcase at CORE
ACRI will be taking centre stage at the Conference on Railway Excellence in Melbourne during May. In addition to ACRI's exhibition, ACRI researchers Dr Anjum Naweed and Dr Grégoire Larue will be presenting papers at the conference.
ACRI to exhibit at the WCRR
This May, the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation will represent Australia as a Bronze sponsor at the World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR) in Milan, Italy. The congress will feature over 200 speakers and 1000 representatives from over 30 nations.
ACRI Submission to the Senate Joint Selection Committee
What is 'industry led' research? ACRI Project Manager, Tristan Hogg, discusses ACRI's recent presentation to the Joint Selection Committee public inquiry into Trade and Investment Growth.
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The Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI) will undertake or facilitate targeted, applied research and strategic analysis to solve issues raised by rail industry participants or other entities, whether with a commercial or public policy interest in the rail sector or transport sector more broadly.