Spoken alarms to be installed at level crossings

Network Rail is installing spoken warning alarms at seven level crossings in Leeds and York. They are designed to improve safety for users through a vocal alert that another train is coming.

“Sad experience has taught us that once a train has gone through a crossing, some people think they are safe to cross even if the usual warnings of lights and barriers remain active. We hope the spoken alarm warning that another train is coming through will make it clearer to people that it is still unsafe to cross.”

– Phil Verster, Route Managing Director for Network Rail

Next week the new warning systems are being installed near York at Hunmanby Station, Nether Lane, Nafferton, Cranswick and Arram level crossings and near Leeds at Wressle and Eastrington.

These crossings currently have a two-tone yodel which becomes more frequent and higher pitched after the passage of the first train to warn that a second is coming.