Pedestrian fencing for roads
100% compliant to RMS Specifications
100% Australian made using locally sourced steel
in stock and ready for immediate delivery
Modular panels can be easily replaced
Roadside Pedestrian Fencing is designed and built to withstand vehicle impacts whilst channelling pedestrians to safe road crossing locations. Pedestrian Fencing is a crucial method used to force pedestrians towards safe crossing areas and preventing access to the roadway at dangerous locations. Originally designed by the Roads and Maritime Services, steel pedestrian fencing is designed to prevent pedestrians from walking onto or crossing a road at a midpoint. It can change the walking patterns of pedestrians along roads or busy footpaths. It is manufactured to NSW Roads & Maritime (RMS) specifications as well as Australian Standards.
When installed on road medians or verges it can withstand low to moderate impacts. It features a heavy-duty steel construction with a specific design with vertical balusters that are offset to enhance driver line-of-sight, this ensures a driver of a vehicle can see pedestrians approaching the verge or stepping off a median. The design specifications of Pedestrian Fencing ensures both the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike. Each panel is created using solid steel members and is joined to posts with nut and bolt connections. This allows the fencing panels to collapse as an entire panel if impacted, reducing the potential for detachment of the individual balusters to reduce the chance of impaling the vehicle or pedestrians.
Road Pedestrian Fencing is the Pedestrian Fencing type recommended by Transport for NSW (formerly RMS or RTA) for use on the road network, and may be installed along the roadside verge or in the median of roads with posted speed zones of up to 80km/h. Pedestrian Fencing can also be used to protect pedestrians from hazards such as steep drop-offs and large open drains.
ENCAT sells Pedestrian Fencing in Australia. We can design, supply and/or install Australian standard Pedestrian Fencing Type 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5. ENCAT is a Pedestrian Fencing supplier in NSW that can sell and supply directly to local councils, government departments, civil works contractors or other parties anywhere in Australia.
We can produce Pedestrian Fencing in practically any colour required with a tough, durable, adaptable design that can be installed on level ground, inclines or corners to suit any existing condition. All of our Pedestrian Fencing panels can be specified to be installed on median or verge roadside areas. Capable of withstanding a vehicle impact it can assist improving the safety of major roads or infrastructure. Our fence panels will help improve road safety for pedestrians.
It is the best type of fencing to choose when you need to channel people to safe crossing locations with its anti-climb design perfectly suitable around school zones, bridges, crossings or other areas of high pedestrian activity. It is the best way to prevent accidents caused by people stepping onto a roadway at non-designated crossings.
We have stock of Pedestrian Fencing that can be purchased, supplied and delivered anywhere in Australia. Our range of Pedestrian Fencing products are 100% compliant with the current RMS legislation and compliance requirements in accordance with their drawings, specifications and Australian Standards.
- Existing conditions site assessment.
- Length and panel type requirement review.
- Selection of panel type, in-ground or mounted base plates.
- Powder coat colour finish selection.
- Panel manufacturing in prefabricated sections.
- Each fence panel is hot dipped galvanised prior to powder coating.
- Packing onto pallets ready for delivery and installation.
Pedestrian fencing supplier
Owned, designed and manufactured locally
All the fencing we produce is manufactured in our facility located in Wollongong then supplied anywhere in Australia.
Australian Standards Compliant
Steel - AS/NZS3678-G250, AS/NZ3679.1-G300
Galvanising - AS4680:2006 ISO9001:2015
Powder coating - AS4506-2005
Welding to - AS1554 Part 1
We only use recycled steel for the manufacturing of our fencing to help the environmental. In 2021 it will save 455 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
High quality powder coating materials are used to ensure a long lasting, resiliant finish to all products made.
High quality steel galvanising done locally to ensure every product is tough, durable and designed for local conditions.
Type 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5
ENCAT has in-house design equipment, computer aided drawing and 3D rendering software. We can help you design a Pedestrian Fencing solution that is specific to your site conditions or application requirements whether that requires median, verge or gradient installations.
Pedestrian fence panels available to order
ENCAT can supply pedestrian fences in Australia from our factory in NSW. We regularly supply commercial fencing contractors or civil construction companies that are seeking a reliable manufacturer that creates high quality fence products to Australian Standards.
This type of fencing is often used along sections of roadway to direct pedestrians to a preferred formal crossing point and to discourage pedestrians from making dangerous crossing movements where visibility may be limited.
- Helps to guide pedestrians to designated crossing points.
- Can help to prevent unwanted pedestrian crossing movements.
- Physically prevents pedestrian access to the carriageway.
- Helps to prevent pedestrians dashing out from pedestrian paths intersecting the road at right angle.
- Helps to prevent crowds from suddenly spilling out onto the road at exits of schools, cinemas and buildings etc.
- Can help to prevent motorists from parking on the footpath.
- Provides useful guidance for visually impaired pedestrians.
Pedestrian fencing installation examples in Australia
RMS specification Pedestrian Fencing
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A pedestrian fence is designed to create a physical barrier that ensures pedestrians do not cross the road at inappropriate locations where they may run a high risk of colliding with a vehicle.
The installation is hence designed to coral pedestrians to crossing roads where it is safer to do so. While it is not designed to deflect or arrest an errant vehicle or prevent injury to pedestrians, in the same way that road safety barriers do, it does have stringent NSW specifications regarding such elements as the welding and materials.
It is engineered in a way so that the fencing panels deform and collapse as a whole in a pre-determined, designed way when impacted. The individual steel elements are designed NOT to spear, detach or become projectiles that may injure pedestrians or vehicle occupants.
Unfortunately, many of the pedestrian fences currently installed throughout Australia are non-compliant with respect to the materials and/or welding as set out by the TFNSW specifications.
In the event of an accident, non-compliant fencing can cause pedestrians, the vehicle, and occupants of the vehicle, far greater damage. The steel components of the fencing can break loose and ‘spear’ or projectile into persons in and around the impact zone. Encat’s network of customers have brought to our attention many non-compliant fencing installations that have been involved in accidents where the fences have literally fallen apart upon impact.
Our expert opinion is that these products have either incorrect welding or materials or both. Of even more concern is that the non-compliant fencing is often sold with “certificates of compliance”.
Encat’s fencing meets all Australian stringent technical standards with high quality Australian steel and experienced personnel, making it an obvious, and safe, choice.
The materials and manufacturing process will differ
The simple answer is no. Not all Pedestrian Fencing is made to the same quality or standards.
As you can see in the photo this post has broken off & shattered during an impact. This was most likely caused due to the source of steel used combined with the production practices put in place by the supplier.
The outcome as you can see is very poor and may have lead to injury. A pedestrian fence should deform, not crack, fracture or break off to ensure pieces do no impact pedestrians or vehicle occupants.
Production will have different quality outputs
The other area for consideration is the methods used to produce products. It is important to also consider the workmanship that is put into creating a pedestrian fencing panel.
Here is an example of how ENCAT welds the posts with great attention paid to ensuring the level of heat used & the materials can be combined effectively for the right joins and bonding.
The broken baseplate on the left of the image is an example where this hasn't occured and it lead to the post and panel being sheered off on impact. Each panel is very heavy and this would have sent debris everywhere during the impact and potentially injured vehicle occupants or pedestrians.
RMS Pedestrian Fencing R0800 types
When it comes to roads there can be some overlap between the responsibilities of Federal government, State government agencies such as RMS and the local councils. Generally speaking the Federal government provides funding for road construction or upgrades while the RMS oversees major road projects like highways, and local council looks after local road issues.
It is important to understand these levels because if you are putting in a tender that relates to a major road or freeway then you will need to comply with all RMS standards. What we manufacture at ENCAT in Australia is used to channel pedestrians to safe crossing areas, preventing adhoc access of pedestrians to roadways at dangerous points. It is manufactured to NSW Roads & Maritime (RMS) specifications and Australian Standards.
It is specifically designed to deform when an impact occurs and ENCAT only uses Australian made steel to manufacture each fence panel to meet Australian Standards. We have the ability to deliver our stock to any state of Australia with 6 types to choose from;
Where can Pedestrian Fencing be installed?
The pedestrian fencing design ensures both the safety of pedestrians and the safety of motorists. Each panel is created using solid steel members and is joined to posts with nut and bolt connections. This allows the fence panels to collapse as an entire panel if impacted, reducing the potential for detachment of the individual balusters which could impale the vehicle or pedestrians.
The RMS publishes an extensive list of standards for pedestrian fences that is to be used in and around important transport infrastructure areas kuje train or bus stations, car parks, footpaths and pedestrian crossings. There are different requirements for verge and median strip fencing to suit those particular applications.
Applications can include;
- Bus stops
- Sporting stadium precincts
- Verge or Median strips
- Road Intersections
- School Zones
- Shopping Centres
- Entertainment Venues
- Tourist Attractions
- Sports Arenas and
- Events Areas
Pedestrian Fencing colours available?
For every production run we can provide a choice of powder coating colours that can be applied to the fencing panels. This makes it very easy to match the style of the fence being installed to the existing conditions. Ordering fencing in a particular colour makes it easy for architects or landscape designers to blend the new fence into the surrounding area so it doesn’t seem too obtrusive.
Most orders are completed in a standard black but as you can see we have the ability to powder coat the panels in a wide array of colour tones from whites, browns, greens, blues or even yellow.
Pedestrian Fencing types and decorations
If the fencing installation will be located near cafes, a sporting ground, shopping centre or showground then you may like to consider our custom made decorative panels. They can be designed with unique shapes and placed on the fence panels to give the area a unique look or style. This can improve the aesthetic of the surrounding area for shop owners, businesses and people visiting the area.
Frequently asked questions about Pedestrian Fencing
Not all civil or commercial fencing manufacturers in Australia will produce their pedestrian fencing locally. Some companies will have their fencing panels made overseas and then shipped to Australia. ENCAT sources Australian recycled steel locally, then manufactures pedestrian fencing at our factory in NSW. We manage the entire process from end to end to ensure high quality production outputs.
The Roads Waterways Transport NSW have the R0800 Fencing Series Standard Drawings to show the standard details, components and construction techniques that have to be used to manufacture pedestrian fencing.
These are available on their website here
The most effective location for pedestrian fencing is on the footway as it has the greatest potential to prevent pedestrians from entering the roadway. When installed on a footway, the distance between the travel lane and the fence should be a minimum of 200mm to prevent nuisance damage. For long lengths of fencing where there is a high risk that a pedestrian may become caught between the traffic and the fence, enough space should be provided for a pedestrian to shelter while not providing adequate space to encourage pedestrians to use this as a walkway
Where it is inappropriate to install pedestrian fencing on footways, pedestrian fencing may be placed on a
median. A minimum median width of 1.2 metres is required to shelter a centrally located fence.
The most popular type of fencing used on medians is the Type 1 Median Pedestrian Fence Panels
Yes we can supply commercial fencing contractors or civil construction companies.
The designs for pedestrian fencing included a offset construction of the balustrades to facilitate a clear line of sight through the fence.
This makes sure that drivers can see pedestrian activity and prepare for a person to step out or from around a fence.
Similarly, pedestrians can view nearby vehicles in preparation for crossing the roadway while also realising where the safest location is to cross the road.
In general, pedestrian fencing shall only be used to deter pedestrians from crossing roads at inappropriate
locations where the site:
- Has a crash history involving pedestrians crossing at inappropriate locations
- Has a high volume of vulnerable pedestrians
- Is a higher speed arterial road with consistent and substantial pedestrian presence
Pedestrian fencing can also be used to protect pedestrians from hazards such as steep drop-offs and large open drains. ENCAT can help you design a pedestrian fencing solutions that might include a mixture of fencing, balustrades and handrails to suit your specific application and site. We have many years of experience working with unusual installations of pedestrian fencing.
All our pedestrian fencing panels are hot dip galvanised to prevent corrosion. Hot dip galvanized finish is a silver colour that dulls to a light grey over time. Each client has the option to either add a powder coated colour over the top of the galvanising or leave the finish as galvanized.
Powder coating is available in any standard colour, the most popular colour choices for roadside pedestrian fencing installations are black, green, white and maroon.
ENCAT does not recommend powder coating within 1 km of marine environments. The humid salt laden air accelerates oxidisation of the hot dip galvanizing under the powdercoating. The powdercoating surface is then blistered and damaged within a short time frame. Many clients still proceed with powdercoating knowing the possible downsides.
Environmentally, the powder coating process produces large quantities of carbon dioxide. Powder coating requires the fencing to be placed in a gas oven and heated to 200 degrees celcuis for 30 minutes. The burning of gas in the oven equates to 3kg of carbon dioxide emitted for every metre of fencing powder coated.
Example: Powdercoating 100m of fencing will produce 300kg of carbon dioxide emissions. Considering Australia installs approximately 15,000m of fencing per yea, powder coating pedestrian fencing contributes around 45 tonnes of carbon to our annual emissions per year.
We stock all types of pedestrian fencing & can manufacture volumes based on requirements.
The Pedestrian Fence was designed in the 1990’s by Roads and Maritime, then the Roads and Traffic Authority. It was crash tested in 2002, 2003 and in 2018, and has been assessed as suitable for use in posted speed zones of up to 80km/h. The Pedestrian Fence should only be installed if a warrant has been established as, if a vehicle becomes errant and enters the roadside environment, there is an increased risk to pedestrians if a pedestrian fence is present due to debris scatter as witnessed in crash testing.
Generally speaking it is Pedestrian Fence is the common name that is used in Australia to refer to this type of product. Although there are more than twenty variations of phrasing being used with terms that include;
- RMS fence types Australia
- Pedestrain fence (yes the wrong spelling)
- Pedestrian barrier fence
- Pedestrian fence
- Pedestrian fence panels
- Pedestrian fences
- Pedestrian safety fence
- RMS fence
- RMS pedestrian fence
- RMS type 1 fence
- RMS type 1 pedestrian fence
- Road fence
- Road fence barrier
- Road fences
- Road safety fence
- Steel fence panels
- Steel fence type
- Type 1 fence
- Type 2 fence
- Type 3 fence
- Type 4 fence
- Type b fence
- Types of steel fence
- Vertical bar fence
- Vertical staggered fence
Essentially they all refer to a similar item. The variants will be suitable to different applications or installations that is location dependant.
‘Crashworthy fencing’, also called Roadside Pedestrian Fencing, (Figure 1 & 5) is a type of fence that is deemed to be crashworthy for a defined speed environment and therefore may be installed adjacent to traffic (e.g. verge & medians).
These fences often adopt ‘full barrier’ characteristics to prevent pedestrians from falling though, and to discourage pedestrians from climbing. Crashworthy fencing may be used in areas of high pedestrian volumes, such as schools, shopping centres, bus stops, tram stops and near intersections.
Handrails, rub-rails and other fence modifications cannot be attached unless they are deemed crashworthy and do not change the behaviour of the fence during vehicle impact.
Crashworthy fencing is often designed to collapse during impact, therefore may not comply with AS5100 – Bridge Design (e.g. strength requirements) and cannot be used on bridges, other structures or for crowd containment. In this case, ‘AS5100 pedestrian barriers’ can be used and separated from traffic (via safety barrier or sufficient lateral offset) or a ‘Road Safety Barrier’ may be used (Section 5.5).