A level crossing (also called a grade crossing, a railway crossing, or a railroad crossing) is a place where a railway line and a road meet each other on the same level. This means that the grades (the road and the track) are not separated by using a bridge or a tunnel. Usually, there are signs indicating the crossing. There may also be barriers/gates that go down before a train passes.
Depending on how much traffic there is, there are different measures to make the crossing more secure:
- Signs or panels, indicating the crossing
- Blinking or steady lights
- Sounds (usually a warning bell)
- Gates/barriers that are lowered before a train passes