New technology aimed at reducing the risk of level crossing collisions between trains and vehicles in the bush is being trialled in New South Wales (NSW).

The government will fund trials of innovative signs with LED flashing lights at level crossings in Narromine and Bribbaree, to improve awareness and safety.

“There are more than 2,700 road level crossings on the NSW rail network and we want to improve safety in country areas where there is less visibility,” said Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government, Victor Dominello.

“Contracts have been signed with ARCGS at Bribbaree and Sage Automation at Narromine to install new level crossing signs and the detailed design work is underway.

“Level crossing crashes devastate families and communities which is why we want to use innovation and technology to help save lives.”

The trial will commence later this year and the data collected will be used to determine the effectiveness of the new technology.