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  • Deliberate level crossing misuse

  • Definition

    This measure comprises the number of incidents where a motorised vehicle is struck by, or strikes, a train or any incident where a pedestrian or user of a non-motorised vehicle is struck and fatally injured by a train, or any near miss with a motorised vehicle or non-motorised vehicle or pedestrian. The table below shows deliberate level crossing misuse for 2012/13 compared with previous years.

    Results
     Deliberate level crossing misuse

    2007/8

    2008/9

    2009/10

    2010/11

    2011/12

    2012/13
    Deliberate level crossing misuse (MAA) England & Wales  

     

    26.07

    27.77

    29.15

    27.00

    Deliberate level crossing misuse (MAA) Scotland  

     

    2.23

    1.61

    1.85

    1.31

    Deliberate level crossing misuse (MAA) Network-wide

    28.46

    31.31

    28.38

    29.23

    31

    28.31

    Collisions with road vehicles

    8

    21

    14

    5

    10

    10

    Train striking pedestrian

    9

    10

    8

    3

    3

    4

    Near miss with road vehicle

    154

    145

    138

    112

    110

    95

    Near miss with non-vehicle users

    200

    231

    209

    260

    279

    259

    Commentary

    There has been an 8.5 per cent decrease in the rate of significant level crossing events since 2011/12. There were nine accidental fatalities at level crossings, five of which were road vehicle occupants (including one child fatality), three pedestrian fatalities, and one cyclist fatality.

    Level crossing risks reduced by 5.5 per cent during 2012/13, as measured by the Level Crossing Risk Indicator Model. This represents a 22.8 per cent risk reduction in CP4 to date and we are on target to achieve a 25 per cent risk reduction for the control period.

    We are continuing to enhance our strategy for reducing level crossing risk, including the continuation of our annual national advertising campaign aimed at raising awareness for motorists of the dangers of deliberately misusing level crossings.