Montreal Quebec - Now in its ninth year, The International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) emphases the importance of safety at level crossings.
European Railway Review sat down with Isabelle Fonverne, Projects Officer of Safety and Interoperability at the International Union of Railways and some other attendees of the event to discuss this important conference and topic.
The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) and the International Union of Railways (UIC), co-hosted this year's ILCAD on 2 Jun 2017 in Montreal.
This conference attracted railway industry representatives, road authorities, academics, and many others from around the world who are working to raise awareness about the dangers surrounding level crossings.
The international conference launched the annual worldwide level crossing safety campaign and over 40 countries participated in this global event, either by relaying it on their websites or on social media, or by organizing a range of activities around ILCAD.
Michael Bourque, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) said, "Nothing is more important to railways than safety. Canada's railway industry believes that rail safety is a shared responsibility. Crossing incidents affect everyone, train crews and first responders, their families, communities, and more. Investments on infrastructure will bring more connectivity-productivity-safety. Crossing and proximity issues are the top opportunity areas for rail-related public safety improvements and Canada's railways have invested more than $24 billion in infrastructure since 1999 to maintain a safe and efficient network. Our industry's sustainability depends on being able to grow safely and in harmony with the communities that we go through."