Merseyside Version


In the last five years there have been three fatalities on level crossings on Merseyside.


Network Rail hopes a new TV advert will make people more aware that:


They should treat rail footpath crossings

as they would a busy road, even in quiet rural areas


The advert depicts a family taking a slow and easy ramble through the countryside,

playing a game of “I Spy”, which distracts them as they approach the footpath crossing.


The daughter is standing on the crossing as she realises the answer to the game is:


“I spy with my little eye, something beginning with t, is track”


XXXbut it is too late and she is struck by the train.


Network Rail hopes the powerful message:

“See track, think train” will raise awareness that despite the quiet, rural setting,

that paying attention to warning signs can save your life.


Martin Gallagher, head of level crossings for Network Rail said:

“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.

“We're doing all we can to make the railway safer by upgrading crossings or even closing them if we can, but we hope this advert will raise awareness that we all need to take care and look out for the warning signs ahead of every level crossing; doing so can save your life.”


This campaign, with a renewed focus on pedestrian safety, follows Network Rail's online video

with rap artist Professor Green, asking people to remove their headphones at level crossings

so they aren't' distracted from safety warnings.








Network Rail has a £130m investment programme to improve level crossing safety

This 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


Level crossing statistics:

- Three people have been killed on level crossings on Merseyside in the last five years:

- At Sandringham Avenue in 2007and Melrose Avenue in 2008 (both on the Wirral)

and at Fisherman's Path in the Formby area in 2010.



for more information and guidance on how to use them safely.



Network Rail has a dedicated youth initiative called Rail Life.

Created in partnership with young people it aims to raise awareness of level crossing safety and other rail safety issues.

The initiative will provide a wide range of resources, ranging from assembly kits to lesson plans, for use in schools and youth clubs.

The high impact youth website contains facts, videos, advice and lots of content on rail safety

for teenagers (11-17 year olds).

The vision for the campaign is that it will become the main place that

young people (and the professionals who work with them)

will go to for insights and information on many aspects of the railway – from safety, to careers,

to general information about Britain's transforming rail network.


For more information, please contact :

Media Relations (North West & West Midlands)

t:0161 880 3142


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