While Britain has one of the safest level crossing records in Europe, every year people lose their lives driving through level crossings – and there are countless more near-misses. Of these, most incidents are simply because drivers ignore the warnings.
This winter, we will be engaging with drivers and communities who live near, and travel through, level crossings across Britain.
We must change safety behaviours – and save lives.
There are approximately 3,800 public and private level crossings across the UK rail network. There are different types of crossing, and different warning systems – these include barriers, red and green warning lights, and barriers that are controlled with CCTV and obstacle detection systems.
Level crossing incidents can also be affected by seasonal factors like ice, snow and bright sunlight which make it more difficult for drivers to see warning lights.
We will highlight that all vehicles must stop at level crossings when the barriers and warnings indicate – and to reflect the importance of safety, the campaign will give the message that this even applies to the emergency services.
The campaign will demonstrate the potentially life-changing impact on drivers and their loved ones – as well as the very real risk that careless driving poses to train passengers. If a car collides with a train, there are potentially hundreds of people and passengers affected.
The important information for all drivers to remember
Be prepared to stop at the crossing
Understand the warnings (lights, barriers, alarms)
If the warnings activate, stop – unless it’s unsafe to do so
Remain stationary until all warnings stop
Check that your exit is clear before driving across
Use our guide
How to use level crossings safely as a driver