Pedestrian fencing

ENCAT designs, manufactures and supplies Australian made Pedestrian Fencing to RMS specification for use on roadway medians or verges.

Pedestrian fencing being manufactured

Since 1989 ENCAT has been a manufacturer of Pedestrian Fencing in Australia. We supply Pedestrian Fencing that meets RMS specification Type 1 to 6. We can supply fence panel & post combinations suitable for roadside verge or median installations. 

  • Competitive pricing.
  • Custom made lengths.
  • Fast delivery anywhere in Australia.
  • Custom fabrication or installation available.
  • Made to suit existing conditions including curves or inclines.
  • Vastly superior manufacturing techniques.

A Pedestrian Fence is used to channel pedestrians to safe crossing areas, reducing access of pedestrians onto roads at potentially dangerous points. We manufacture this type of roadside barrier fencing to meet NSW Roads & Maritime (RMS) specifications & Australian Standards. It will ensure both the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike.

Get a quote for the supply of RMS specification Pedestrian Fencing. It is the type of permanent pedestrian safety barrier that is suitable to withstand low to moderate impacts.

Pedestrian fencing for roads

Manufacturer since 1989

Our Pedestrian Fencing factory in NSW can supply RMS Pedestrian Fence components. We are an RMS Pedestrian Fence manufacturer that uses 100% recycled Australian steel for fences that are installed on roads and highways around the country. 

Each panel is made using solid steel members and is joined to posts with nut and bolt connections to meet RMS specifications. This allows the fencing panels to collapse as an entire panel if impacted, reducing the potential for detachment of the individual balusters which could impale the vehicle or pedestrian/s.

ENCAT Australian Made and Owned Logo small

Owned, designed and
manufactured locally

All the Pedestrian Fencing we sell is manufactured in our factory located in NSW & delivered anywhere in Australia.


Australian Standards

Steel - AS/NZS3678-G250, AS/NZ3679.1-G300
Galvanising - AS4680:2006 ISO9001:2015
Powder coating - AS4506-2005
Welding - AS1554 Part 1


Australian made

We only use steel that is made in Australia, the only local manufacturer to do so. Pedestrian fence panels that are high quality & to Australian Standards


100% recycled

We only use recycled steel for the manufacture pedestrian fencing panels. To help the environmental in 2021 we saved 455 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.


Class leading
powder coating

High quality powder coating materials are used to ensure a long lasting, resilient finish and range of colour options for the pedestrian fence panels we sell.


Class leading

High quality steel galvanising is done in our factory to ensure every fence panel is tough, durable and designed for local conditions.

Joanna Kubota tetsimonial for Encat in Australia

ENCAT has a great range of products, all of extremely high quality and Australian-made. Really great people to deal with too - John and his team can answer almost any engineering/install question.

Really helpful.

RMS Pedestrian Fencing panels and posts

Key features

  • Heavy-duty steel construction with vertical balusters that are offset to enhance a driver’s line-of-sight which would enable them to adjust their behaviour if a pedestrian approaches the road as they approach.
  • These are not the same as temporary pedestrian barriers or fencing. The nature of the specification requires a robust construction that will prevent fence elements from becoming detached in the event of a vehicle impact. This important design feature distinguishes RMS specification Pedestrian Fencing from common, lightweight fencing products, which could present an undue hazard to motorists or pedestrians if impacted with force.
  • This is the only fencing type recommended by Transport for NSW (formerly RMS or RTA) for use on the NSW road network where it could be installed along the roadside verge or in the median of roads with posted speed limits of up to 80km/h. 
  • Pedestrian Fencing can also be used to protect pedestrians from hazards such as a drop-off along an approach to a bridge, driveways or even large open drains.
  • Available as Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, Type 4, Type 5 or Type 6 specification
  • This fence construction is designed to withstand low and moderate speed vehicle impact loads, sometimes referred to as ‘car proof fence’
  • Posts are available for in-ground installation or mounted to base plates for attachment to a concrete strip footing.
  • We hot dip galvanise each item and can powder-coat them in a range of colours for aesthetic appeal
The process to place an order
  • The process for placing an order for Pedestrian Fencing is as follows;
    1. Length and panel type requirement review and quotation.
    2. Selection of panel type, in-ground or mounted base plates.
    3. Powder coat colour finish selection.
    4. Existing conditions site assessment if required.
    5. Panel manufacturing in prefabricated sections.
    6. Each fence panel is hot dipped galvanised prior to powder coating.
    7. Packing onto pallets ready for delivery and installation.

Pedestrian Fencing supplier in Australia

When it comes to buying Pedestrian Fencing in Australia, there are multiple options to choose from. However, it must be acknowledged that not all factories or resellers in the market offer the same quality of product. 

In order to ensure that you are investing in the best possible Pedestrian Fencing for your needs, it is highly recommended that you pay special attention to certain aspects before selecting your source of procurement. 

This includes aspects such as;

  1. The quality of the materials used.
  2. The reliability of the manufacturer or reseller.
  3. The specific location of manufacture.

We explain this in more detail below;

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.

An example of a pedestrian fence panel deforming correctly after being hit by a vehicle

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.

ENCAT sample of compliant RMS Pedestrian Fencing panel that did not fail during an accident

Are the materials and manufacturing processes all the same?

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 & workmanship 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.

Pedestrian Fencing delivery and installation

ENCAT can provide a complete end to end service that includes;

  • Production of custom lengths of Pedestrian Fencing.
  • A mix of posts & panels to suit median or verge installations.
  • Custom fabricated posts & panels to be installed on gradients or curved sections of roadway as required.
  • Installation of Pedestrian Fencing.
  • A choice of base plates so suit the installation area.

Examples of RMS Pedestrian Fencing installed in Australia

Pedestrian Fencing installation photo gallery

industry partnerships

ENCAT has partnered with many leading local councils, schools, parks and wildlife services, civil works contractors, universities and shopping centre locations.

RMS Pedestrian Fencing standards

We manufacture & sell RMS Pedestrian Fencing. It is manufactured to NSW Roads & Maritime (RMS) specifications and Australian Standards.

This type of Pedestrian Fencing is specifically designed to deform when an impact occurs. It is not the same as temporary pedestrian barriers or fencing. We can sell or supply Type 1,2,3,4,5 or 6 RMS Pedestrian Fencing

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.

RMS R0800 Fencing Series Pedestrian Fencing Types Drawing

Applications for Pedestrian Fencing

Typically Pedestrian Fencing is often installed 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.

The RMS publishes an extensive list of standards for pedestrian fences that is to be used in and around important transport infrastructure areas like 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. 

Locations include;

  • Major road intersections and Bus stop zones
  • School zones or parking areas
  • Shopping centres and entertainment venues
  • Tourist attractions and sportsgrounds
The reason for using Pedestrian Fencing include;
  • 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 custom design & fabrication

If you are trying to cater to a particular existing condition that involves residential, retail or commercial locations that require a Pedestrian Fence installation, we can custom design and fabricate a solution as needed.

We have in-house computer aided drawing and 3D rendering software that can create solutions that are specific to your site conditions or application requirements that take into consideration both motorist and pedestrian safety requirements.

Pedestrian Fencing colour finishing choices

For every production run of fencing we can provide a choice of powder coating colours that can be applied to the Pedestrian Fencing panels that are ordered.

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 and posts in a wide array of colour tones from whites, browns, greens, blues or even yellow.

ENCAT powdercoating colour options

Frequently asked questions about Pedestrian Fencing

Not all civil or commercial fencing manufacturers in Australia will actually produce their RMS 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

While the Pedestrian Fence features a staggered layout of the balusters, allowing motorists and pedestrians approaching on opposite sides of the fence to easily observe each other, it can still restrict visibility at very acute approach angles. Consideration should therefore be given to sight lines, particularly when fencing is to be installed on a median and especially at intersections where right turning vehicles on the through road may temporarily lose sight of an approaching vehicle. H
Pedestrian fencing should not be installed any closer than 1.0 metre to a traffic signal post. This clearance is required to allow for maintenance to the traffic signal lantern assembly and to discourage vandalism by preventing access to the signals via standing on the fence.

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.

Pedestrian Fencing is commonly used to channel pedestrians towards safe crossing locations. Local councils will use it to change the flow of people walking around a busy area. It is suitable for installation along the roadside median or verge.

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.

The only pedestrian fencing type recommended by Roads and Maritime Services for use on the NSW classified road network, within the clear zone, is the type depicted on Roads and Maritime Standard (Road) Drawings R0800-10 to R0800-28, hereinafter referred to as the Pedestrian Fence

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.

The Pedestrian Fence comprises panels that are designed to collapse as a whole panel when impacted, to minimise the detachment of individual elements, and features a staggered layout of the balusters allowing motorists and pedestrians approaching on opposite sides of the fence to see each other.

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.

The construction of pedestrian fencing used on public roads is a lot more robust compared to standard fencing. Pedestrian Fencing prevents elements from becoming detached in the event of a vehicle impact and it will deform rather than break into pieces. This critical design feature distinguishes pedestrian fencing that is used on roads for verges or median strips from common, lightweight fencing products that are used mainly for houses or properties. You should only engage with a commercial fencing contractor who has the right experience and credentials to supply pedestrian fencing in Australia. Using poorly made pedestrian fencing or products not made to standard can present an undue hazard to motorists or pedestrians if impacted.

‘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).

Important facts about Pedestrian Fencing

  • 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 can produce and sell 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. 

  • 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.