Using level crossings safely

Every level crossing is different, take time to read the signs and follow the instructions on how to cross safely. Ignoring them puts yours and others lives at risk.

There are many different types of level crossings and different types of level crossing users, so there is no one set of rules that we can use. However there are some key things you can do whether you’re a driver, pedestrian or other user to stay safe when using level crossings:

  1. Concentrate – it’s easy to drift off and take more notice of your phone, music or conversation than what’s going on around you.
  2. Stop, look and listen. Every crossing is different so always read the signs and follow the instructions
  3. If there are any warning signs (lights, barriers, alarms) make sure you understand what they mean. And always follow instructions at each level crossing completely.
  4. Check both ways before crossing – if there is a train coming, don’t cross. Stay behind the gate or fence line until the train has passed. Remember there may be more than one train – and they may be coming from different directions.
  5. Cross quickly and safely – Make sure your exit route is clear and do not stop when crossing.

Find out more about level crossing safety.