Your role as a planner

For a planner, managing risk at railway crossings directly contributes to the provision of a safer, more efficient and cleaner road environment.

A planner makes a significant contribution at a policy level. Effectively managing risk at railway crossings helps the RTA to meet key objectives set out in the NSW Government State Plan and the RTA Corporate Plan: Blueprint 2008 to 2012; and assists the RTA to meet its legislative obligations under the NSW Rail Safety Act 2008. Ultimately these objectives and obligations are to provide a safer, cleaner, less congested and more reliable state transport network.

A planner helps to achieve this vision in the following way:

  • Effectively managing railway crossing safety through systematic, collaborative and coordinated effort among stakeholders.
  • Effective management of railway crossing safety improves both the safety and the efficiency of the road and rail transport systems.
  • Improved safety and efficiency results in reduced traffic congestion and pollution levels, and contributes to improvements in road safety through a reduction in the number of people killed or injured on NSW roads.

The Railway crossing safety series 2011 assists in the provision of the knowledge, skills and procedures to become a part of the move towards a cleaner, safer, less congested and more efficient road network, and to make a genuine contribution to the wellbeing of people living and working in NSW.


  • Policy to establish and manage railway crossing safety management plans
    PN 239
  • Plan: Establishing a railway crossing safety management plan
    PN 239G


  • Policy for identifying risks to safety at railway crossings
    PN 241
  • Identify:The railway crossing safety hazard checklist
    PN 241G


  • Policy for applying risk tolerance and risk assessment criteria to railway crossing safety management
    PN 238
  • Assess:Applying risk tolerance and risk assessment criteria to railway crossings
    PN 238G


  • Policy for the application of the railway crossing cause consequence bow tie model
    PN 240
  • Evaluate: Applying the railway crossing cause consequence bow tie model
    PN 240G
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