Level crossings are life-savers when used properly. Sadly, too many people get into danger – they don’t stay alert, or they deliberately risk their lives and the lives of others by ignoring the safety warnings. That’s why we’re closing level crossings where we can, or upgrading them to make them safer if that’s not possible.
The videos below show why it’s so important to stay alert and pay attention to warning lights and signs at level crossings – please stay safe.
This couple don’t just endanger their own lives but also a young child as they clamber over six-foot-high locked crossing gates in Seamer, North Yorkshire, on New Year’s Eve.
They seem to be running late for the train. Trapped inside the crossing, they repeat the stunt on the opposite gate before running up to the platform – only to miss the train anyway.
Mayhem on a moped
These risky drivers in Greater Manchester deliberately ignored the flashing warning lights and a closing safety barrier knocked them off their bike.
In this terrifying footage from 2013 a car swerves from side to side as it speeds up to the crossing – narrowly avoiding knocking over a pedestrian and even more narrowly avoiding being hit by a train.
The busy Ducketts crossing in Pudsey sits on the line between Leeds and Bradford Interchange which sees around 127 trains per day travelling at speeds of up to 60mph.
Unbelievable near miss
At Ducketts crossing in the same year, these girls stop to chat and play on their phones in the middle of the railway with the crossing gates closed and a train speeding towards them – with little concern for their own safety.
Running a risk
It’s Seamer in North Yorkshire again. Look closely in the top-left corner and you’ll see a woman running across the tracks as a train approaches.
A trip or a stumble while trying to run across is all it would take, and the train driver wouldn’t have enough time to stop. Stay safe and wait – don’t risk your life.
In danger of death
People lie on the tracks, walk along rails and take photos at Sittingbourne in Kent – ignoring the fact that a train could kill them at any moment.
Stay off the tracks – only cross the railway when you have to and when it is safe.
Train driver’s view
When a cyclist approaches a level crossing, they should dismount their bike and check that no trains are coming from both directions before they cross.
Seen from the driver’s cab in this video, this cyclist at Ducketts crossing is incredibly lucky to be alive.
A man dressed as Father Christmas ignores barriers and warning lights to rush into the path of a train last December, fleeing another man who also risks his life at the level crossing in Chiswick, west London.
In the last five years there have been more than 2,000 incidents on level crossings involving young people, often distracted by their phone or friends. Find out more
We cannot stress enough the danger cyclists, pedestrians and motorists place themselves in when they don’t use the crossing safely.
People need to realise how a split-second decision to ignore safety procedures can have life-changing consequences, not only for themselves, but also for their family and friends. These type of incidents also affect train drivers and railway workers, who have to deal with the aftermath.