8.1 Intermediate fencing between tracks

This measure consists of the installation of a fence between the tracks (rail corridors) in station areas. The aim is to limit the access from one platform to another by blocking the pedestrian’s possibility to cross the tracks.
  • For practical grounds there needs to be a gate in the linear fence to provide access to the tracks in case this is needed.
  • The systems for securing gates and their use need to be considered. Gates operable with a standard industry carriage key can be, and generally are, provided, to allow access for rail operations and maintenance staff. They are also needed as an escape route in case of emergency.
  • Try to fit the fencing to the trespassing pattern and environment.
  • Try to reinforce the desired behaviour by providing an attractive corridor alternative for biking, hiking, jogging, and walking (such as using an overbridge).
  • Building of fences would also require the building of under- or overpasses to enable safe access from one side of the track to the other. This also applies the other way around. Fencing will likely be considered in conjunction with one or two other measures: surveillance, cameras or operational planning (e.g. fast trains running close to platforms with easy access).
  • The effect is stable assuming that control and maintenance is done. However, trespassers might change location over time and fencing could result in more dangerous routes for trespassers. Therefore, maintain the integrity of the fences and repair defects without delay. At the same time keep monitoring a much wider perimeter than the fenced area in order to spot possible new trespassing locations.
  • May be difficult or impossible to implement on narrow rail corridors since the fence requires some extra space between the tracks. Anti-trespass grids between the tracks can be an alternative in this situation.
  • This measure only prevents trespass by blocking the shortcut in reaching a neighbouring platform by directly crossing the tracks. It cannot physically block someone from jumping in front of the train from the platform edge.
  • The type of fencing needs to be considered - strand, chainlink, paling, security - height, etc.
  • The measure can be applied in different scale and different kinds of environments.
  • Fencing can also be combined with warning or prohibitive signs. The signs can be posted on the fence itself.
  • Proper fencing is seen as one of the most important suicide preventative measures and to prevent trespassing accidents as well (Clarke & Poyner, 1994; Radbo et al., 2012).
  • The most effective measure is to completely restrict access to the railway tracks (Patterson, 2004).
  • Fencing combined with warning signs, posters and education at school: the rate of trespass decreased substantially (from 59% to 40%) and the decrease was sustained and even greater three months later (from 40% to 36%) (Lobb et al., 2001).
  • It is clear that restricting access may hinder a specific attempt, but it does little to prevent subsequent suicidal behaviour in the longer term (Florentine & Crane, 2010).
  • Fencing at stations in Cape Town rail system seems to have done little to reduce injury rates (Lerer & Matzopoulos, 1996).
  • Fencing at platform ends was tested by TCDD   at Aydin station in combination with other measures as part of RESTRAIL   pilot tests conducted in 2014.

last update: 2015-01-20 Print