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  • Deliberate level crossing misuse videos

    Level crossings are not time wasters, they're life savers

  • Inches from a collision after ignoring warnings. Convicted of dangerous driving, received a 12 month suspended sentence, community service and a hefty fine.
  • These real life videos show just how dangerous it is to deliberately misuse level crossings. All these people thought they knew better, yet came close to losing their own lives and risking the lives of others.

    A safe crossing

    There are over 6,500 level crossings on public and private land across Britain, all featuring some form of alert to make sure road users know a train is approaching.

    It can be frustrating having to wait at level crossings, but they’re only activated for the shortest time possible. They’re designed to protect you from one of the busiest railways in the world.

    Thanks to them, Britain’s railway is also one of the safest.

    The consequences of deliberately misusing crossings

    • Trains travel at up to 125mph and cannot stop quickly. You are unlikely to survive a collision
    • The turbulence created by trains can drag you under their wheels if you are too close to the tracks
    • Deliberate misuse of a level crossing is a criminal offence. The most serious offences can result in a prison sentence

    In 2009/10, there were over 4,500 recorded incidents of pedestrians and motorists deliberately misusing level crossings, including over 400 'near misses'.

    What we are doing to make level crossings safer?

    We’re doing everything we can to prevent more deaths on the tracks.

    We have dedicated teams who work with community groups, local authorities and private users to explain how to use crossings safely, raise awareness of the dangers and change user behaviour.

    We work hard to maintain crossings so they are safe, adding additional controls where needed.

    We are conducting considerable research into ways to make crossings safer.

    Deliberate misuse is higher:

    • During rush hour
    • During daylight hours

    You may be in a hurry. You may use a level crossing every day. You may even think you know when the train is coming. But if you take a chance you’re putting your life, and your family's, at risk.

  • Using level crossings safely

     Level crossing user guideOur level crossings user guide explains what they look like and how to use them safely.
     
  • Have a question or problem?

    If a level crossing or any other part of the railway is causing a problem, or if you simply want more information, contact our National Helpline:

    08457 11 41 41

    If you see anyone deliberately misusing a level crossing, please call the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or the police on 999.