Deliberate abuse of level crossings

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

Deliberate abuse videos

These real life videos show just how dangerous it is to deliberately abuse 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 nearly 6,000 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 abusing 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 abuse of a level crossing is a criminal offence. You could be taken to court and face a £1000 fine. 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 abusing level crossings, including over 400 'near misses'.

What we're 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 abuse 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.

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