In the last 12 months there have been 27 recorded instances of either trespass, vandalism or misuse at Ducketts Level Crossing in Pudsey
These incidents include damage to trains from stone throwers and four children running out in front of a train.
The alarming CCTV footage below also shows a cyclist’s near miss at the railway crossing back in 2016.
These incidents are reckless and could have caused injury or death. Around 127 passenger and freight trains travel through this level crossing each day at speeds of up to 60mph and they cannot stop quickly or swerve out of the way – and you can never anticipate when the next one is due.
Ducketts level crossing is a private user worked crossing, meaning that anyone who is using the crossing’s vehicle gates without the correct permission, or anyone who walks outside of the clearly marked pedestrian access, is trespassing and could face fines of up to £1,000.
Network Rail’s Community Safety team want to remind young people in the area about the dangers of trespassing and share the following potentially life-saving advice:
- Stop, look and listen. Always follow the signs.
- Concentrate – it’s easy to get distracted, especially by phones, music and conversation.
- Check both directions before crossing – if there’s a train coming, don’t cross.
Network Rail and British Transport Police have launched an educational campaign called ‘You vs Train’ to raise awareness about the dangers of trespassing, which is a persistent issue particularly among boys aged 11-18 years-old.