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Level crossing safety

There are around 6,000 level crossings in Britain. Every day they are used by thousands of people to cross one of the busiest rail networks in the world

We invest in a wide-ranging programme, working with national and local organisations, to make level crossings safer and to help people use them correctly.

Trespassing on the railway is illegal and dangerous. You could be taken to court and face a £1000 fine.

Active Level crossings map

Please note: We have recently updated the All Level Crossing Risk Model which supports our level crossing safety assessments.
We are working to update the active level crossing data which links to this system. Apologies for any inconvenience during this time.

Information about all our level crossings including type, location, number of trains per day, line-speed and risk assessments.

There are around 6,000 level crossings on our rail network and we have a legal duty to assess, manage and control the risk for everyone.

Level crossings can be categorised by their type, 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. You can find the latest Level crossing narrative risk assessments on the page Our information and data.

Safety education and Level crossing safety campaigns are a key part of our work to improve safety by managing and mitigating the risk at crossings.

A safer railway

We can eliminate risk by closing crossings where agreement can be reached to do so. Since 2009 we have delivered the following as part of our commitment to a safer railway:

  • closed over 1,250 level crossings
  • continue to improve the sighting at our level crossings where we can
  • fitted LED road traffic lights at over 500 crossings, significantly improving their brightness
  • introduced new technology to better inform users of a second train approaching the crossing in quick succession to the first
  • repositioned over 250 crossing phones into safe areas for users
  • designed and commissioned a new type of level crossing featuring automatic obstacle detection technology
  • installed barriers at 66 open crossings
  • work closely with British Transport Police to discourage deliberate misuse and to record offences at level crossings
  • rolled out level crossing red light safety cameras, with 84 currently installed across the network
  • commissioned 111 audible warning devices at high risk footpath crossings
  • delivered a programme of 100 miniature stop lights for installation at user worked crossings.

Enhancing level crossing safety

Our strategy continues to reinforce our long-term safety vision to have no accidents at level crossings. It highlights four key areas of focus: risk management, technology and innovation, competence management, education and enforcement.

Each of these focal areas are underpinned by the need for effective collaboration both internally and externally with our stakeholders.

Download our level crossing strategy


Contact us if you have any queries or concerns relating to a level crossing. Please state the name of the level crossing in any communication.

Crossing Over film

The following film, for ages 12 and over, was filmed at the school attended by Olivia Bazlinton and Charlotte Thompson, who were killed at a level crossing in Elsenham in 2005. It shows the dangers at level crossings and features an interview with Tina Hughes MBE, mother of Olivia Bazlinton.

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