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Railway level crossings

Railway level crossings can be dangerous. Trains are fast and heavy, and cannot stop quickly. Know the signs and rules, and stay safe on NSW roads.

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Approaching railway level crossings

When approaching a level crossing, always slow down and look and listen for trains.

You must not drive onto a level crossing while a train is approaching or if the road on the other side of the crossing is blocked.

Railway crossing sign
Road sign indicating railway level crossing

Level crossing warning signs

Most level crossings have signs to warn you that you’re approaching a crossing.

Railway crossing level ahead with flashing lights
Road sign indicating level crossing with flashing lights ahead

Look for trains road sign
Road sign indicating level crossing ahead 'Look for trains'

Railway level crossing on side road
Road sign indicating level crossing on side road

Queuing on level crossings

You must not block a level crossing. Know the length of your vehicle and never cross unless your vehicle can clear the track completely.

Parking near level crossings

You must not stop or park on a level crossing or within 20m of either side of a crossing.

Stopping at level crossings

You must stop at a level crossing when:

  • there’s a ‘Stop’ sign
  • a gate is closed or boom gate is down
  • red lights are flashing
  • a railway employee signals you to stop.
Railway crossings level stop road sign
Road sign made up of a 'Railway crossing' sign and a 'Stop' sign

Stop on red signal road sign
Road sign indicating 'Railway crossing' and that you must stop if the red lights are flashing

Railway crossings boomgate stop on red signal road sign
Road sign indicating 'Railway crossing' and that you must stop if the red lights are flashing, and must stop if the boom gate is closed, or is opening or closing

When there’s a ‘Give way’ sign at a level crossing, you must slow down, look both ways and stop if a train is coming.

You must not drive through a level crossing until the signals have stopped flashing and the gates or boom gates are fully open. If you have stopped at a ‘Stop’ or ‘Give way’ sign at the crossing, do not drive through until it’s safe.

Railway crossings level giveway road sign
Road sign indicating you must 'Give way' at the level crossing, and be prepared to stop

Level crossings without signals

Take extra care where there are no gates, boom gates or flashing lights at a crossing, particularly in the country.

When you see a warning sign, slow down and look and listen for trains in both directions.

If you stop for one train, always check that another one is not approaching before you drive through.

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