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Risk, Rail and the Region: A spatial analysis of regional differences of infrastructural safety and the risk of accidents at Swedish level-crossings
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Level-crossings, i.e. intersections where railways and road meet in the same vertical level, constitute risk for the users of respective infrastructure system. The aim of this thesis is to examine possible regional differences between the infrastructural safety standard of level-crossings in Sweden. With the use of spatial analyses tools in a Geographical Information System, the differences between Swedish counties are outlined and mapped. By the use of a logistic regression model, the variables that increase the risk of an accident in a level-crossings are analysed. The results show that the variables concerning the level of protection, together with the location on a highway, show statistical significance of being associated with an increased accidental risk. The results of the regression model factors have been returned to the GIS in order to find the most hazardous level-crossings. Considering the train flows and amount of people living in the proximity of the crossings, the hotpots of hazards have been spatially identified. 38 level-crossings with passive or semi-active warning system meet the criteria and should be the targets for practitioners’ work towards an increased level of safety and reduced risk.

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2019. , p. 66
Keywords [en]
level-crossings, infrastructural safety, risk, railway
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169509OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169509DiVA, id: diva2:1321743
Available from: 2019-06-24 Created: 2019-06-09 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved

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