A Network Rail spokesperson has responded to calls for an inquiry into the way danger is assessed at level crossings.
We recognise that level crossings can be dangerous which is why over the past two years we have closed over 700 and are investing some £130 million in improvements. By early next year we will have made improvements at some 2,500 of the countrys 6,500 crossings and continue a national public awareness campaign to help educate people about their dangers and how to use them correctly.
Councils using investigators to monitor their own staff
A total of 29 organisations, 27 councils, one public authority and one government department, the Department for Transport paid private firms to undertake surveillance
The used powers under Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act in the years 2010/11 and 2011/12
But, 14 organisations - 10 councils and four public authorities - paid private firms to undertake surveillance that was not covered by Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, making it potentially illegal
Two public authorities and two councils paid other public bodies to spy on their behalf at a cost of £7,600
Four councils - Caerphilly, Dudley, Leicestershire and York - used private investigators to monitor their own staff
Rail franchise bid suffered from 'lack of leadership'
The chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge MP, has strongly criticised the Department for Transport's handling of the West Coast Main Line competition.
She said that "no single person" had been in charge of the bidding process, and that for a period of three months "there was no single person in charge at all".
The franchising process was littered with basic errors. The department yet again failed to learn from previous disasters, like the Metronet contract. It failed to heed advice from its lawyers. It failed to respond appropriately to early warning signs that things were going wrong.
Senior management did not have proper oversight of the project. Cuts in staffing and in consultancy budgets contributed to a lack of key skills.
The project suffered from a lack of leadership.
– margaret hodge, chair, public accounts committee
Department for Transport criticised for lack of 'high quality expertise'
A rail boss at the heart of the West Coast Mainline fiasco has criticised the Department for Transport for its lack of “high quality expertise”.
Tony Collins, Chief Executive of Virgin Trains, was speaking for the first time about the breakdown of Britain's rail contract system.
Mr Collins said: "They are complicated bids and it requires lots of specialists who can handle these, and I think it’s a wake up call.
"If you go back to the start of privatisation we had an outfit called OPRAF who led the privatisation process but they were staffed by experts in financing, project management, commercial negotiations, financial modelling etc."
His accusations are part of an ITV Tonight documentary to be broadcast on Thursday October 25 at 7.30pm - just hours before the first official report into the chaos reaches ministers.