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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

      2009/10 20010/11 2011/12 20012/13 2013/14 20014/15

    Level crossing misuse (MAA) England & Wales 

    26.07

    27.92

    29.07

    27.00

    25.31

    24.23

    Level crossing misuse (MAA) Scotland 

    2.23

    1.46

    1.85

    1.31

    1.69

    0.85

    Level crossing misuse (MAA) Network-wide

    28.38

    29.38

    30.92

    28.31

    27.00

    25.08

    Collisions with road vehicles

    14

    5

    10

    10

    10

    7

    Train striking pedestrian

    8

    4

    2

    4

    5

    7

    Near miss with road vehicle

    138

    113

    110

    95

    95

    76

    Near miss with non-vehicle users

    209

    260

    279

    259

    241

    235

    Commentary

    Over the past four years there has been a sustained reduction in the number of near misses with both vehicle and non-vehicle users. We believe this is linked to ongoing risk reduction initiatives in line with our key strategic safety themes: engineering; enforcement; education; and enabling improvements.

    Whilst the number of collisions with road vehicles has reduced, the number of pedestrians struck by trains is the highest in the past five years. The Level Crossing Risk Indicator Model (LCRIM) shows a reduction in risk of 1.008 FWI per annum compared with last year measuring benefits from closures and implementation of risk reduction schemes. There were nine accidental adult fatalities, in addition to one child fatality during 2014/15.

    This year Network Rail has closed 118 level crossings and 9 have been reduced in status. We continue to close crossings where possible and work to ensure the public understand the risks of unsafe use of crossings.