1. ITV Report

Network Rail statement following today’s inquest

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Fundamental changes to the way we manage level crossings have been and are being made. We have closed this crossing and installed a footbridge, which provides a much safer route across the railway.

“Network Rail has a nationwide programme to reduce risk at level crossings, investing £130m to upgrade or close level crossings where possible. In 2009, we set ourselves a target to close 750 crossings by April 2014 and we are very close to achieving this. There is still much to do and we are committed to doing what is necessary to reduce the risk and improve safety at level crossings."

Network Rail has a £130m investment programme to improve level crossing safety. This includes:

-Replacing footpath crossings with footbridges

-Installing warning lights as an additional safety measure atfootpath crossings

-A new schools programme – Rail Life – teaching both primary and secondary school children about how to stay safe when crossing the railway

-Investing in new technology including introducing new cost effective barriers to open crossings

-Employing more than 100 new dedicated level crossing managers

-Community safety managers who work closely with local groups, councils and schools to raise awareness

We have a national TV campaign – See Track, Think Train – which is running now to raise awareness of the dangers with the public.

While level crossing safety in Britain is amongst the best in Europe, where a road or footpath meets the railway there will always be a risk – tragically, for a few people every year this results in injury or loss of life.

We want to reduce the chances of this happening as much as possible and under our current safety programme we have successfully closed more than 700 crossings in the last three years and improved many others. Last week our safety teams held more than 100 awareness events across the country as part of International Level Crossing Awareness Day to talk to people who use the crossings, listen to any questions they may have and help them better understand what we’re doing to improve safety for them and everyone around the railway.

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