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Route manager: 'One of the closest incidents of near-miss we've seen"

Network Rail's route managing director Richard Schofield has spoken of his shock after footage was released of a cyclist in Cambridgeshire narrowly avoiding being hit by a train.

The woman is seen approaching onto the line and subsequently braking hard as the train passes.

"This is one of the closest incidents of near-miss we've seen.

The person using the crossing not only didn't hear the train but ignored the warning lights and barriers, putting her life, the lives of passengers and the train driver in danger.

"Warning systems at level crossings are there for a reason, to protect users from the railway.

I hope the release of this footage will highlight the importance of following the safety advice at level crossings."

– Richard Schofield, Network Rail

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Shocking cyclist CCTV revealed

The woman encroaches onto the line just as the approaching train passes Credit: British Transport Police/PA Wire

The British Transport Police have released shocking footage of the moment a cyclist from Cambridgeshire narrowly missed being hit by a train after dodging a level-crossing barrier.

Footage of the incident at the Waterbeach crossing shows a woman passing through the closed barriers and onto the line before proceeding to brake hard as the train passes.

The British Transport Police have released the images in an attempt to identify the woman Credit: British Transport Police/PA Wire

The images have been released in an attempt to identify the woman and to highlight the dangers of misusing level crossings.

Water sports project moves a step closer

Water sports facility and country park project surges forward as agreement signed

A 220-acre water sports complex between Milton and Waterbeach has moved one step closer to becoming a reality after an agreement was completed by the developer, landowners and a local district council.

Planning permission for the estimated £25 million complex can now be formally issued by South Cambridgeshire District Council and developers have 5 years to get the project underway.

The plans for 3.2 km of quality water connected to the River Cam also include a 2 km long international standard competition course that will be at least 100m wide. There would also be a triathlon facility, a 3-mile long cycle circuit, BMX track and a lake stocked with fish for angling.

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