1. ITV Report

Drivers dicing with death at level crossings in Kent

Photo: Network Rail

Network Rail has released CCTV footage of drivers dicing with death in Kent as they announce new enforcement cameras at level crossings.

The railway network company says state-of-the-art red light safety enforcement cameras will be installed at 20 of the county’s highest-risk level crossings.

The scheme is part of a wider roll-out of camera technology at 45 automatic half-barrier (AHB) level crossings across the south east region by the end of 2019.

The cameras can identify vehicles that jump the lights at level crossings and capture evidence.

Motorists are then automatically notified of their offence and given the option to pay a £60 fine and receive points on their licence, or sit a level crossing safety awareness course.

Signs will also be installed to warn motorists that they could be caught on camera

New research from Network Rail reveals one in seven drivers wouldn’t wait for the barrier or gate to open before driving their vehicle over.

In the last five years alone, six people have lost their lives in vehicles at level crossings, with many more being hurt and injured.

Knowing that jumping the lights or swerving the barriers at a level crossing will almost certainly result in a prosecution is enough to make most drivers think twice."

– Simon Morgan, South East Safety Director, Network Rail
  • Locations where RLSE is to be installed in Kent:
  • Ash Road
  • Appledore
  • Becketts
  • Beltring
  • Broad Oak
  • Chartham Hatch
  • Cliffsend
  • Clock House
  • Graveney
  • Grove Ferry
  • Kenardington
  • Richborough
  • Sevenscore
  • Stone
  • Swatlands
  • Wagon Lane
  • Warehorne