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  • Level crossing events

  • 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 2013/14 compared with previous years.

    Results

    Level crossing events 

    2009/10

    2010/11

    2011/12

    2012/13

    2013/14

    Level crossing events (MAA) England & Wales

    26.07

    27.91

    29.15

    27.00

    26.69

    Level crossing events (MAA) Scotland

    2.23

    1.47

    1.85

    1.31

    1.31

    Level crossing events (MAA) Network-wide

    28.38

    29.38

    31.00

    28.31

    27.00

    Collisions with road vehicles

    14

    5

    10

    10

    10

    Train striking pedestrian

    8

    4

    3

    4

    5

    Near miss with road vehicle

    138

    113

    110

    95

    95

    Near miss with non-vehicle users

    209

    260

    279

    259

    241

    Commentary

    There were seven adult fatalities and no child fatalities at level crossings during the year. The total number of significant level crossing incidents for the year was 351, compared with 368 in the previous year, and the rate of significant level crossing events at the end of the period was 27.00, compared with 28.31 last year, and is at its lowest rate for the control period. Level crossing risk reduced by 10.49% during 2013/14 as measured by the Level Crossing Risk Indicator Model (LCRIM).

    Despite the numbers fluctuating from year-to-year, there was a detectable reduction in trains striking pedestrians and in near-misses reported with road vehicles at level crossings. There was no detectable change in road vehicle collisions or near misses reported with non-vehicle users. 804 level crossings were closed in the control period contributing to a 31% reduction in the overall level of predicted risk as measured by the LCRIM against an internal target of 25% for the control period.

    We continue to implement 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 misusing level crossings.