Level crossings in Israel are to benefit from radar protection under a US$12m contract awarded by Israel Railways to Scheidt & Bachmann.

The contract will see 18 crossings on the network equipped with radar scanning devices to detect objects on the track between the barriers. If an obstruction is detected, the radar transmits a warning automatically to the signalling, halting trains and lowering the crossing barriers.

Currently, radar protection has been deployed at five crossings, and a further crossing has been fitted with the equipment pending approval from the Transport & Road Safety Ministry. All the crossings fitted thus far are on the Haifa - Tel Aviv line.