Siemens Mobility Level Crossings overview

Level Crossings: overview

There are around 6,000 crossings on the UK rail network where Siemens Mobility level crossing solutions protect rail and road users in a variety of locations and applications.  Level crossings fall into distinct categories, but each is unique and considers the frequency of trains, frequency and types of users and the environment where the crossings are located. Siemens Mobility Limited has introduced new technology and continues to innovate, improve level crossing safety, benefit the passenger and create optimum efficiency on the railway.

Level Crossing Safety: Road Users

Some crossings are ‘open’ and don’t have barriers, some have a ‘full barrier’ which blocks the entire road, whilst others have a ‘half barrier’.


Half barriers and full barriers can be protected with the variety in boom length the S60 barrier machine offer. The unique technology of Siemens Mobility S60 Level Crossing Barrier Machine provides greater efficiency, reliability, sustainability, and safety, with lower cost benefits that can be enjoyed by railways, road users, rail operating companies and most importantly, passengers around the world.

An additional solution for half and full barrier applications is Siemens’ Mobility's Level Crossing in a box (LCIAB).  By taking proven Westrace technology that has been applied on worldwide projects and creating new application techniques, Siemens Mobility is reducing the cost of modernising level crossings while still delivering SIL 4 safety.

LCIAB has enabled Siemens Mobility to carry out a significant amount of level crossing testing off site. The data collected so far indicates a shift in ratio of off-site to on-site testing from 30:70 to 60:40  resulting in a reduction in overall costs.

Siemens Mobility has commissioned LCIAB in the following configurations:


  • Manually controlled  barriers  with obstacle  detection (MCB-OD)
  • Manually controlled barriers with closed  circuit  TV (MCB-CCTV)
  • Automatic Half Barrier Crossing (AHBC)
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