Railway wildlife protection systems

Swedish Transport Administration

Wildlife collisions on railways are a serious problem. These accidents cause suffering and death for animals, but also substantial costs to society when trains need repairing. In this project a number of railway lines with high elk collision frequencies will be modified to decrease collision risk. Wildlife fencing will lead animals to special test stations, constructed as wildlife crossings. These test stations will maintain ecological connectivity but also function as test sites for analysing and evaluating technical wildlife deterrent equipment. The wildlife deterrents will scare away wildlife in advance of approaching trains. The project is run in cooperation with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), while the Swedish Transport Administration and the train operator SJ are represented in the project's reference group.
A pilot study was carried out during 2014-15, and the research project will run during 2015-18.