Network Rail to invest £130m in safer level crossings

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

  • A closure programme which will see 750 crossings removed from the network by April 2014. More than 600 have already been closed.
  • Replacing footpath crossings with footbridges.
  • Installing warning lights as an additional safety measure at footpath crossings.
  • A new schools programme - Rail Life - teaching both primary and secondary school children about how to stay safe when crossing the railway.
  • Rolling out 10 more camera enforcement vans.
  • Investing in new technology including obstacle detection lasers.
  • 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.

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Warning over level crossing risks

An advert showing the dangers of not paying attention at level crossings is being launched today. Network Rail has a £130m investment programme to improve level crossing safety.