FINAL DESIGN CONCEPTS FOR RURAL ENVIRONMENTS
After the final design workshop, there were three concepts designed for use in rural environments: two design concepts generated through participatory workshops with stakeholders (Simple But Strong, GPS Average Speed) and one design concept generated in the final workshop with the research team (EID Crossing).
Simple But Strong
The final Simple But Strong concept represents the merging of two concepts proposed in the participatory workshops (the Speed, Expectancy, Gap concept and the initial Simple But Strong concept). The design philosophy is to use simple and low-cost features to draw attention to the upcoming rail level crossing and the danger posed, and to provide warning of an approaching train. In addition, road user speed is managed on approach to the crossing, to provide more time for drivers to recover from errors (such as seeing the train late on approach). The physical features of the Simple But Strong concept are shown in Figure 8.7, with the components described in Figure 8.8.