Level crossing safety

There are around 6,000 level crossings in Britain. Every day they save thousands of lives by protecting us from 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.

Level crossings map

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

There are over 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 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. 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. As part of our commitment to a safer railway we have delivered the following:

  • 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

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

Contact

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.

Level crossings for drivers

Guidance for driving over level crossings

Level crossings for pedestrians

Guidance for pedestrians at level crossings

Level crossings for cyclists

Guidance for cycling over level crossings

Level crossings for horse riders

Guidance for horse riders at level crossings

Safety education

Educational resources developed with teachers and pupils about electrification on the railway, level crossings and railway safety

Reducing risk at level crossings

In 2010 we started a landmark level crossing risk reduction programme – here's how it's improving safety on the network

Deliberate abuse of level crossings

These real life videos show just how dangerous it is to deliberately abuse level crossings