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Railway crossing signs in Australia

Railways are sometimes denoted using a crossbuck sign, and other times using a graphic or words.

The direction of the tracks could be indicated on a sign. Crossbucks will sometimes show the number of tracks you need to cross, e.g. 3.

For some crossings you will see ‘RAIL’ and a large X painted on the road.

 Australia_RX-3-3.svgAustralia_RX-3-2.svg  Railway crosses the road at an angle. Check your blind spots carefully
 Australia_RX-3-1.svg  The crossing is approximately perpendicular (at right angles) to the direction of the road
 Australia_RX-7_(R).svgAustralia_RX-7_(L).svg  There is a crossing on a side road with lights controlling the crossing. Be sure you can complete your manoeuvre into the road and watch for hidden queues.
 Australia_RX-8_(R).svgAustralia_RX-8_(L).svg  This is a railway with a gate on the side road as indicated. Watch for queues and ensure you can complete your manoeuvre.
Australia_RX-4_(L).svg  Indicates there’s a railway line to the left on a side road.
 Australia_R6-24_(multiple_tracks).svgAustralia_R6-25_(multiple_tracks).svg  General crossbuck railway signs showing the number of tracks.
 Australia_RX-10.svg Railway line in 500m.
 railway-give-way-at-crossing  Give way at the crossing and be prepared to stop. There are 2 tracks to cross.
 railway-stop-before-crossing  Compulsory stop at the crossing. There will be a line that marks a safe place to stop usually with a yellow cross-hatched area that you should not enter unless it’s safe to proceed.
 railway-stop-if-red-lights-are-flashing  Stop if the red lights are flashing. There will be a line that marks a safe place to stop usually with a yellow cross-hatched area that you should not enter unless it’s safe to proceed.

Darren is an expert on driving and transport, and is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists

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