1. ITV Report

Level crossing scheme focuses on professional drivers

Network Rail has launched an awareness programme targeting motorists who drive for a living, on the same day 45 countries join forces to raise awareness of safety at level crossings.

There will be safety events in Doncaster and Boston next week.

Aimed at reducing the number of incidents at level crossings involving these “professional drivers” the programme will educate them on the safe use of level crossings.

Level crossings in Britain are among the safest in Europe but almost a fifth of the 142 near-misses that occurred at level crossings in 2013 included a vehicle driven in a professional capacity – such as a lorry, van, bus or taxi.

The “most important stop of the day” programme involves Network Rail’s 100 level crossing managers, who are based all over the nation, engaging with local employers whose workforce includes a significant number of drivers.

The programme launch coincides with ILCAD – International Level Crossing Awareness Day – a global initiative supported by 45 countries to raise public awareness on the safety factors and dangers posed by misuse at level crossings.

Tina Hughes will be attending one of the events in Knottingley. Her daughter Olivia and her friend Charlie were killed at Elsenham level crossing in 2005.

I am very concerned whenever I hear about people misusing level crossings. I was never able to see or hold my daughter to say goodbye and that has been very difficult for me. I don't want anyone else to experience anything so awful.

I hope that users will think about how devastating it would be for their families and friends if they were killed and realise that a short wait to cross the tracks is just not worth risking their life over.

– Tina Hughes