There are around 6,000 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 where the crossings are located.
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.
We strive to improve safety by managing and mitigating the risk at crossings. Education and safety campaigns are a fundamental part of this.
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 so far:
- Closed over 1,000 crossings over the past six years
- 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:
- A national rollout of red light safety cameras, with 28 currently installed (as of Nov 2016). Five more to be installed by mid 2017.
- 77 power operated gates at user worked crossings
- Closing at least another 250 crossings