Level crossings pose 'significant risk to pedestrians'
While fatalities at level crossings are at a low, there have been more pedestrians than motorists killed at crossings in recent years, and so we wanted to focus our campaign to connect with this audience.
We know that it's easy to get distracted or, given the sleepy, rural surroundings, not realise the risk at a crossing, but just as motorways cut through the countryside, so do railways.
– Martin Gallagher, head of level crossings for NR
Britain's level crossings, although among the safest in Europe, pose the most significant rail safety risk to the public.
ORR wants the rail industry to close level crossings, but where this is impracticable is pushing the industry to deliver innovative solutions such as the development of new technology to make crossings safe for all users.
– Ian Prosser, director of rail safety at the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR)
Gated crossings operated by railway staff is protected by gates, on both sides of the railway, which complete the fencing of the railway when closed across the road or the railway.
Barrier crossings operated by railway staff is protected by road traffic light signals and lifting barriers on both sides of the railway.
Barrier crossings with obstacle detection is protected by road traffic light signals and lifting barriers on each side of the railway.
Automatic half barrier crossings is protected by road traffic light signals and a lifting barrier on both sides of the railway.
Automatic barrier crossings, locally monitored appears, to the road user, to be similar to an automatic half barrier crossing. It is protected by road traffic light signals and a single lifting barrier on both sides of the railway.
Open crossings does not have barriers or road traffic light signals. Only road traffic signs are provided. Road users must give way to trains at the crossing.
Footpath and bridleway crossings is found where the railway crosses a footpath or bridleway.
Foot crossings at stations is found between platforms at stations and may be the only route between platforms or the only practicable route for people who cannot use steps.