We tried everything, but when it comes to safety that’s where the fun ends!
Crossing train tracks, crossing a closed level crossing, approaching the overhead lines – MEANS RISKING YOUR LIFE!
Train travel remains one of the safest means of transport. Nevertheless, the number of people who disregard obvious rules of safety is too high. Often the dangers of sharing pedestrian, road and rail space are overlooked and ignored.
Going around closed level crossing gates, crossing tracks or walking on the edge of platforms are risky practices that can cost lives and encourage others to make the same mistakes.
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If your vehicle is trapped between the barriers, continue driving at break the barriers with your car. The barriers are designed not to withstand such an impact. Quickly evacuate all people from the vehicle if the barrier cannot be broken through.
Do the technical installations of a level crossing detect the presence of a car stuck between lowered barriers?
No, it is absolutely necessary to obey the warning signs and not enter the level crossing when the two red lights are flashing and the gates are down.
If the barriers remain closed for an extended period of time and this seems abnormal, where can I receive information about the situation? Where can a person report abnormalities? (excessively long closure time of a level crossing, broken barrier, etc.)
There are telephones on both sides of the crossing that connect you with the traffic manager responsible for the railway traffic.
115 level crossings
+/- 2 level crossings are removed per year
What is the shortest time between the start of the flashing of the warning signals and the passage of the train?
Level crossing with 2 half-barriers: 29 seconds
Level crossing with 4 half-barriers: 39 seconds
The duration increases considerably if a train stops between the point where the barrier release devices are located and the level crossing itself, e.g. a stop for passengers to leave or board the train.
For level crossings that are close to a station, the installation of induction loops is not always possible. This is due to the lack of distance between the level crossing and the induction loop announcing the arrival of the train. In this case, the operation of the barriers depends on the signal box or even the signal (entrance or exit) of the respective station.
The barriers close when a train passes the signalling device installed on the tracks. These are induction loops set up so that the barriers have enough time to close before the train reaches the level crossing. Activation of the warning devices triggers the flashing of the two red lights and the acoustic signal (gong or bell).
For level crossings located within a station, it is not always possible to set up announcement signals. In these cases, the level crossing is interdependent with the main signals. When a train route is created, the closure of the level crossing is initiated. The main signal is only set to drive when the closure of the barriers has been confirmed.
Can a crossing keeper of a disturbed level crossing open the barriers immediately after his arrival to allow motorists or pedestrians to cross?
CFL staff guarding level crossings are not allowed to open the gates on their own initiative, even in case of urgent requests from motorists. Only when authorised by the train traffic controllers is this action permitted.
There are no speed limits at the level crossings at the CFL.
Maximum speed on the Luxembourg Rail Network today: 140 km/h.
Future line Bettembourg-Luxembourg : 160 km/h. This line will be without level crossings.