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Level crossings

There are 6,300 level crossings on our rail network and we have a legal duty to assess, manage and control the risk for everyone.

Level crossings fall into five distinct categories but each is unique so we’ve worked with our rail industry partners to develop a standardised method for assessing crossing risk. Factors taken into account include frequency of trains, frequency and types of users and the environment and where the crossings are located.

Risk assessment

Level crossings are assessed at a frequency that is based on the level of risk a crossing poses. The assessment frequency ranges from 1¼ to 3¼ years.

We strive to improve safety by managing and mitigating the risk at crossings. Education and safety campaigns are a fundamental part of this.

A safer railway

We can eliminate risk by closing crossings where agreement can be reached to do so. As part of our commitment to a safer railway we have delivered the following so far:

  • Closed 900 crossings (804 closures in the five years to 2013, and to date 96 closures in the five years to 2019)
  • Improved sighting at over 1,000 crossings
  • Repositioned over 250 crossing phones into safe areas for users
  • Installed overlay barriers at 45 open crossings
  • Introduced a fleet of mobile safety vehicles

Next steps

We are now working on:

  • The national rollout of red light safety cameras
  • Power operated gates at user worked crossings
  • Closing at least another 250 crossings

Have your say

If you have any queries or concerns relating to a level crossing, you can get in touch via our contact us page. Please state the name of the level crossing in any communication.

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