I get bells and alarms for pedestrian crossings, but for vehicle crossings they have no point. By the time you would hear it, you are already on top of the LX. Otherwise it just annoys everyone in the area, and they even lose effectiveness. In QLD, the ambulances have sirens which are much softer than before and you can't heer them unless its right on top of you
I don't know what "on top of the LX" means. It may annoy people who live in the area, but I'll repeat one more time, it increases awarness for road users who can hear it. Can someone show me the official reason for installing bells or alarms on level crossings, don't use anecdotal evidence to convince people that bells are only for pedestrians.There are studies which show our overuse of buzzers and alarms mean we now block them out, defeating their entire purpose.
If a crossing is manually operated, either on-site or remotely, it can have barriers that cover the full width of the road, and the bell or alarm can stop with all barriers closed. If you have seen videos of such level crossings in the British Isles, and similar ones on mainland Europe, you'll know what I mean.
If bells are so necessary at level crossings, there should be a demonstrable difference between the number of level crossing accidents in Queensland and the rest of Australia. The Queensland Transport report I posted, shows there were 9 level crossing collisions in 2013-2014 and 146 boom strikes. On a per capita basis that's one level crossing accident for every 524,436 people (2014 population statistics), or one boom strike for every 32,328 people. For Victoria in 2010-2011 there were 24 level crossing collisions, which is one collision for every 230,742 people (2011 population statistics) - more than twice as many per capita as Queensland. This article from The Age also provides some sobering statistics and suggests that bells certainly aren't making level crossings safer - with 32% of all Australian level crossing accidents occurring in Victoria.