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last update: Monday 12 July 2010

Welcome Message

The UIC and East Japan Railway Co. are delighted to invite you to the 11th Global Level Crossing Symposium to be held in Tokyo, from the 26th- 29th October 2010. First of all, I would like to thank the project team of people devoted to making this event a success. The 11th Symposium will be the first time that an Asian venue, Tokyo, has hosted the event. This symposium is a forum that brings together Level Crossing professionals from around the globe in order to exchange information and provide safety technology, experiences and lessons for improving Risk Management for the interface between the road and rail systems at level crossings that is of concern to railway companies everywhere. The symposium program will no doubt be of interest to all those involved in the level crossing field as it will feature the sessions such as ‘Classifying of risk at the level-crossing’, ‘Technological activities of crossing facilities’, ’The act and psychology of the users of the level-crossing’, ‘Partnership toward the level-crossing accidents’, “Regulations and Innovation regarding Level Crossing” , besides a functional technical visit of looking at actual level crossings equipped with safety technology in Japan. It is our hope that the symposium will promote clarifying the key issues surrounding management of how we can reduce the risks which we have been facing for a long time. And we will do our best to make the 11th GLX provide you with a valuable opportunity to share ideas on an international basis with other participating experts and researchers from around the world. You will also have the chance to experience a myriad of Japanese tourist and cultural attractions that are exceptional and exciting. The conference venue is the center of Tokyo, where there is plenty that will leave you with unforgettable memories of Tokyo and its warm and welcoming people.

Please mark your calendars now and ensure that you and your colleagues do not miss this prestigious international event in Tokyo, Japan.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in Tokyo.

Naoto Miyashita Executive Officer, General Manager of Transport Safety Department East Japan Railway Company

The theme of the 11th GLX Symposium will be ’Toward further improvement of level crossing safety - Coordinated Approach and Individual Efforts’.


Topic 1: Accurate ways of risk evaluation to identify level crossings that are likely to be dangerous.

Chairman: Alan Davies (UK)

Topic 2: Technical aspects of level crossing facilities.

Chairman: Terry Spicer (Australia)

Topic 3: Actions and psychology of the users of the level crossing.

Chairman: Stephen Laffey (USA)

Topic 4: Partnership towards prevention of level crossing accidents.

Chairman: JR East (Japan)

Topic 5: Regulation and technical development on level crossing safety.

Chairman: Dr. Libor Lochman (CER)

 Technical Visit

The technical tour organized by the UIC and JR East will take place on Friday, Oct 29th. The program will feature visits to level crossings in the Tokyo Metropolitan area and some railway-related facilities such as the Railway Museum.

 Detailed programme attached hereunder