Date: 2008-07-29 21:30:00
shared transportation use

In a land where we find not only one lane bridges, but one lane bridges shared with a railway and one lane roads carved out of a cliff spanning multiple blind corners, I didn't think the Kiwis could outdo themselves in the area of shared transportation use. But they did. I learned that in Gisborne, there is a level railway crossing in the middle of the airport runway!

Apparently, the air traffic controllers in Gisborne are also train controllers. The train normally has the right of way (because it's bigger and heavier and harder to stop), but in an emergency the air traffic controllers have the ability to signal a train to stop and not cross the runway.

I was a bit surprised when I read that Gibraltar's main road crosses the airport runway; I think it's also a kind of level crossing with barriers that go down when there are aircraft movements.

(I believe there are plans to put the road into a tunnel, though.)
I can understand that, after all they are a wee bit space constrained in Gibraltar - the fact that they have a runway at all is surprising enough!
after all they are a wee bit space constrained in Gibraltar

True that.
[info]ivo : LHR
The same happens near Terminal 4 at London Heathrow.
That's funny, I wonder if the intersection is bumpy. In a poorly timed emergency, it might be impossible for the train to stop in time. However, it's pretty typical for runways to intersect and a plane to have to stop prior to the intersection of another active runway. The runway looks really long, so I guess they could give the railway a name ("taxiway romeo-whiskey" or "taxiway romeo-romeo" ?) and it'd just be a standard land and hold short. :)
Wow! I'm also surprised to see I35 going all the way to New Zealand, darn that is a long road. :)
Yeah, if you go south far enough it disappears into Mexico, pops into a wormhole and reappears on the East Cape of NZ. :)
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