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1.01.04.04 Railway Crossings


Railway Crossings

Railway Crossings relative to subdivisions are governed by Technical Safety BC, Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency. The Approving Officer does not approve the final subdivision plans until the Ministry receives the agreement from the railway company, or a decision authorizing the level grade crossing and no objections have been filed in response to a Public Notice in accordance with the Railway Safety Act.

Railway Crossings


1) The developer submits plans for the Approving Officer and the Ministry of Transportation’s Rail, Navigable Waters Coordinator that concur with the following;

  • BC Supplement to TAC Geometric Design Guide 2007 Edition (Chapter 1100) or updates.
  • Federal Guidelines for grade crossing design "RTD-10" or its' update or replacement.

2) If the Approving Officer provides preliminary layout approval to the subdivision, the Rail, Navigable Waters Coordinator then seeks an agreement with the railway company or an Order or Decision from the Canadian Transportation Agency. The Rail, Navigable Waters Coordinator then makes public notice in accordance with the Railway Safety Act.

3) The Approving Officer does not approve the final subdivision plans until the Ministry receives an Agreement from the railway company or an Order or Decision authorising the level grade crossing and no Objections have been filed in response to the Public Notice. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure makes copies of the Agreement, Order or Decision available to the developer for construction purposes.

4) The full cost of surveys, plan, construction and maintenance of all level grade crossings contained within a subdivision are the developer’s responsibility until the crossing is accepted as a public road by the Ministry. These costs will include invoices from the railway company for work including, but not limited to, crossing surface installation, clearing of sightlines, installing drainage and crossing signs. Construction may include signals where necessary in accordance with BC Supplement to TAC Geometric Design Guide 2007 Edition (Chapter 1100) or Federal Guidelines for grade crossing design "RTD-10" or its' update or replacement.

Proposed railway crossings must meet all applicable requirements of the Safety Standards, Safety Autority,Canada Transportation and the Railway Safety Acts and supporting standards, regulations and guidelines before work can commence.

 

This guide is a living document; it is subject to change without notice. Please check the Rural Subdivisions Website (http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/DA/Subdivision_Home.asp) to make sure your version is sufficiently current.