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Warning to drivers after dangerous level crossing behaviour

The first incident was captured on CCTV at Manningtree in Essex Credit: Network Rail

Drivers are being warned to be more patient at busy levels crossings in Essex following two dangerous incidents on the same day

Footage released by Network Rail shows a driver jump the red lights at the Manningtree crossing earlier this month on the A137 Ipswich Road.

The driver had to swerve into the right-hand lane to avoid queuing traffic on the other side of the crossing.

The same footage also shows a second car reversing and pulling into the right-hand lane to avoid the barrier dropping onto their car.

The second incident happened on the same day about ten miles away at East Gates crossing in Colchester. A car went through the red, flashing lights and a second driver, completely disregarded the signals and dangerously raced across the tracks as the barriers were descending.

“Barriers and lights are there to protect drivers from the oncoming trains which travel up to 100 mph on those particular lines. Drivers should not be risking their lives and the lives of others by ignoring red lights and racing to get through the barriers.

“I would urge drivers to be patient at the crossings. These drivers were extremely lucky no one was injured, but the outcome could be very different next time.”

– Rupert Lown, Network Rail Anglia’s director of safety