CCTV of a crossing incident in Lincoln

Running the risk on rail crossings

People in Lincoln are acting "recklessly" according to Network Rail by walking across level crossings while the barriers are closing.

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CCTV released of rail crossing near misses

There have been countless warnings over the dangers of people jumping the red light at level crossings - but rail bosses in Grimsby say people are not listening.

Network Rail and British Transport Police today resorted to handing out leaflets spelling out how to cross them safely - after more than six hundred instances in the past month of both cars and pedestrians not doing so.

They have also released CCTV images of near-misses - as Helen Steel reports.

Emergency services re-create level crossing smash

Wreckage of a car after level crossing accident Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Network Rail is taking part today in a live demonstration showing the devastating impact of a level crossing vehicle accident and what is involved in rescuing those involved, at Rescue Day 2014.

Organised by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, 7 Lakes Country Park, Humberside Police and other organisations, Rescue Day 2014 is a public event which allows visitors to witness, first-hand, major emergency services in action.

One of the main demonstrations this year is based on a re-enactment of a level crossing incident, where a train has collided with a car towing a caravan.

A car on its side after level crossing accident Credit: ITV News

It is thought to be the first public demonstration of its kind, acted out away from the railway. A realistic level crossing scenario – which includes 200 tonnes of ballast (stones that support the track), 100 rail sleepers and 150m of rail track – has been installed at the Rescue Day site.

A train has been delivered by Heanor Haulage and a level crossing, with a road crossing the tracks, has been installed by teams from Network Rail and VolkerRail. The railway team has also installed a pedestrian level crossing to help demonstrate to visitors how vital safety is at crossings.

Vicki Beadle, community safety manager at Network Rail, said: “We are very pleased to support this event and to show people what amazing jobs our staff, and the emergency services, do in extraordinary circumstances.

“Promoting safety on the railway and especially at level crossings is a key focus for Network Rail. Events like this are a fantastic way to get that safety message across as, unfortunately, people continue to take risks when crossing the railway.

“We’re looking forward to meeting as many people as possible at the event and encouraging them to stay safe near the tracks.”

Now in its seventh year, Rescue Day has grown to become the largest event of its kind in the world. As well as showcasing the various organisations’ great work, the event is also to highlight how important safety is when on water, road or around fire and on the railway.

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Bereaved mum urges drivers to take care at level crossings

A mum whose young daughter was killed at a level crossing has been in West Yorkshire campaigning for improved awareness among motorists.

Tina Hughes's daughter Olivia was just 14 when she and her friend Charlotte were hit by a train as they crossed a railway line in 2005. Tina has been in Knottingley speaking to motorists about taking more care at level crossings.

The campaign is part of an International Awareness day organised by Network Rail.

Mum campaigns for improved level crossing awareness

Tina Hughes and Network Rail's Darren Lord
Tina Hughes and Network Rail's Darren Lord Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A mum whose young daughter was killed at a level crossing has been in West Yorkshire campaigning for improved awareness among motorists.Tina Hughes's daughter Olivia was just 14 when she and her friend were hit by a train as they crossed a railway line in 2005.

Tina has been in Knottingly to launch Network Rail's awareness day, which is targeting those who drive for a living to take more care at level crossings.

Emergency services dealing with rail accident near Malton

Emergency services have been called to an accident on the rail line near Malton.

A First TransPennine train has crashed into a car at a user worked crossing. No passengers are believed to be injured.

British Transport Police say the driver of the car is receiving medial treatment at the scene.

The 0848 First TransPennine service from Scarborough to Liverpool Lime Street has struck a car on a user worked crossing at Ivy Lea Farm at Rillington, between Malton and Seamer. All trains to and from Manchester and Liverpool are terminating at York and the only route out of Scarborough is via Hull while police deal with the incident. No passengers are believed to have been injured. Anyone planning to travel in the area should check with National Rail Enquiries for the latest information.”

– Network rail

Network rail launches five year investment plan

Network Rail has launched a five year investment programme which will see our region's rail passengers look forward to more trains, more seats and reduced congestion at bigger stations.

By 2019 14% more passengers will be travelling into the other major towns and cities in the region.

The company's Chief Executive, Mark Carne, says passengers will be getting a better service.

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Council say bridge refurbishment is essential

Hull City Council say that work on a rail bridge in Selby is essential, even though it will significantly limit rail access to Hull over the summer.

“These repair works are essential to maintain the reliability of rail services on this line. It is imperative that Network Rail take all necessary steps to ensure that the risk of future disruption to rail services is minimised in advance of City of Culture, 2017 ... Passenger volumes are lower during the summer holiday period. Whilst there is never a good time for the travelling public to have to suffer disruption to their travel arrangements, such disruption is probably more acceptable than later in the year when the weather may well be cold and wet.”

– Cllr Martin Mancey, Hull City Council

Hull rail services stopped for bridge repair

Work to a rail bridge in Selby means train services to Hull will be disrupted for over a month this summer.

Many services will be replaced by busses. Network rail have published a summary of the affected routes.

First TransPennine Express:

Trains will not run between Selby and Hull

On Sundays buses will replace all FTPE services between Leeds and Hull

Northern Rail:

Trains will operate between York - Selby

Buses will operate between Selby – Hull with a combination of stopper and express services on offer to customers.

First Hull Trains:

Trains between Hull and London King’s Cross will divert via Goole. Buses will operate from Howden and Selby and will connect to/from services at Goole

East Coast:

The daily direct Hull - London service will be diverted and will be unable to call at Selby. A replacement road service will link Selby with East Coast services at Doncaster

Work planned for Selby rail bridge

Network Rail will begin significant refurbishment on Selby's rail swing bridge this summer.

The work means many services to and from Hull will be disrupted between 26 July and 8 September.

Engineers will refurbish the structure itself and the hydraulics on the swing span during the project.

We’re investing £8m on steelwork repairs, work to the hydraulics on the swing span, waybeam replacements and wholesale grit blasting and painting of the entire structure. Once the work is completed the structure should be maintenance free for 25 years and we will be able to run trains at line speed, removing a speed restriction. I thank passengers for their patience while we complete these essential works.

– Phil Verster. Network Rail

Rail chaos expected on Hull - Selby line

Thousands of train passengers in Hull will have to get the bus for six weeks this summer because of repair work.

Network Rail will close the line between Selby and Hull from the end of July so it can fix and paint a 160-year-old swing bridge.

First TransPennine Express will be laying on buses for commuters who use the route.

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