Drivers level crossing safety campaign

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.

Since the start of 2012, there have been 9,314 road vehicle incidents at level crossings – almost half were avoidable accidents, caused by drivers ignoring or disregarding barriers and warning lights.

Statistics of road vehicle incidents at level crossings
Statistics of road vehicle incidents at level crossings

Level crossing incidents can also be affected by seasonal factors which make it more difficult for drivers to see warning lights:

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Information taken from SMIS, TRUST data and the National Disruption Fusion Unit.

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.

Road vehicle incident at a level crossing

Our campaign will reach drivers, and change behaviours, through targeted radio advertising and social media content.

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.

Drivers level crossing safety campaign poster 1
Drivers level crossing safety campaign poster 2

The important information for all drivers to remember

Be prepared to stop at the crossing
Understand the warnings - lights, barriers alarms
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Check that your exit is clear before driving across

Use our interactive guide to driving safely through level crossings