Network Rail offers a 'full and unreserved apology' as a report published today says nine level crossing deaths 'could have been averted'.Read the full story ›
It's the end of the line for a railway crossing on Cannock Chase that was having to cope with up to 3,000 cyclists a day – many competing against one another.
Train drivers reported almost 40 near-miss accidents – one involving 20 mountain bikers.
The level crossing has now been closed and replaced with a bridge.
Network Rail has staged a series of events across the Central region to highlight the dangers of mis-using level crossings. Over the last year nine people were killed and more than 450 people were involved in a near-miss at crossings in Britain. Watch Phil Brewster's report.
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.
Plans have been submitted to the council for a footbridge over a level crossing in Lincoln.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
"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."
A series of near-miss accidents involving cyclists have been reported by train drivers using a remote railway crossing in Staffordshire.Read the full story ›