Cyclists at the Moors Gorse level crossing near Hednesford in Staffordshire

Cyclists warned of train near-misses

A series of near-miss accidents involving cyclists have been reported by train drivers using a remote railway crossing in Staffordshire.

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Network Rail staff hand out level crossing safety information

Staff in Oakham in Rutland giving out level crossing safety advice Credit: ITV News Central

Network Rail have been handing out level crossing safety information in the Midlands.

Between 1st April 2012 and 31st March 2013, nine people were killed at level crossings in Britain.

During the last four months there have been 90 prosecutions of motorists jumping the barriers at the level crossing at Oakham in Rutland while the lights were on red.

The level crossing at Oakham in Rutland Credit: ITV News Central

Designs for Lincoln level crossing footbridges

Designs for pedestrian footbridge over Brayford Wharf East level crossing have been unveiled today.

Network Rail say the bridge is intended to stop people risking their lives by running across the crossing when the warnings have started.

Proposed bridge at Brayford level crossing viewed from across Brayford Pool
Proposed bridge at Brayford level crossing viewed from across Brayford Pool Credit: Network Rail
Possible render colour for proposed bridge at Brayford level crossing
Possible render colour for proposed bridge at Brayford level crossing Credit: Network Rail
Proposed bridge at Brayford level crossing viewed from the University campus
Proposed bridge at Brayford level crossing viewed from the University campus Credit: Network Rail
Proposed bridge at Brayford level crossing viewed against the cathedral
Proposed bridge at Brayford level crossing viewed against the cathedral Credit: Network Rail

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Forestry Commission statement about crossings changes

Cyclists using the Forestry Commission cycle route
Cyclists using the Forestry Commission cycle route Credit: ITV Central

Generally this is an activity which is supported by the Forestry Commission because it encourages people to exercise and because it brings benefits such as jobs and visitor spend to the local economy.

The Forestry Commission has been working productively with a number of partners, including Network Rail, to come up with a long term solution which eradicates the risk, whilst still allowing users to cross the railway.

While this long term solution is being developed and is progressed through the appropriate consultations and planning channels, some short term improvements have been put in place.

These include an improved crossing, improved signage and a crossing attendant being on site to help advise users during peak periods.

We would ask that all cyclists and other users of the crossing act responsibly and adhere to all signage and instructions.

Cyclists using crossing welcome plans for new bridge

"Given the volume of traffic with the bikers trying to cross here, it's a danger to everybody and to the noise levels of the people who are living here. So having a bridge is common sense. So much needed and will be much welcome."

"The trains do come round rather fast. As far as I've seen everybody dismounts and walks over safely. But health and safety these days...I think it would be a very good idea."

"It'll be a lot safer. Nearly all the trains are going to announce when they are coming round the corner.

"I think someone said the speed of the trains are getting faster. So if you can just walk or ride up the bridge, fantastic. Even better if it will take you all over the road but they are obviously short of funds for that."

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