NEW TECHNOLOGY TO COMBAT LEVEL CROSSING MISUSE
   
 
 

Network Rail and the British Transport Police have introduced a purpose-built marked police van

fitted with nine cameras to tackle level-crossing law breakers.

 

 

Network Rail and British Transport Police have joined up to develop and fund a level crossing van

which will better enable officers to take action against people

who continue to risk their safety at the region's crossings.

 

The purpose-built, BTP-marked van is fitted with nine cameras,

each of which uses number plate recognition technology.

 

The vehicle allows officers to target level crossings anywhere in the region

and to respond swiftly when misuse is reported by rail staff or members of the public.

 

 
 
 

Funded by Network Rail, the vehicle allows officers to target level crossings anywhere in the region

and react to a location where misuse is reported by rail staff or members of the public.

 

BTP Inspector, Lorna McEwan, said:

“The education and enforcement initiative has been put in place to give officers an opportunity to drive home the message that running the risk at a level crossing is just not worth it. By trying to save a few seconds, you could end up seriously hurt or losing your life.

“The level crossing enforcement van is a useful tool in helping to reduce level crossing misuse across the country. In comparison to most other countries we have a good safety record, but crossing misuse persists, despite our best efforts, and even one death is one too many.

“Incredibly some people are still putting their lives on the line by ignoring warning lights and sirens and trying to dash through crossings when trains are approaching. This is hugely irresponsible and dangerous, and we will not hesitate to take action against anyone caught doing so.”

 

Karen Hornby, Network Rail area manager Merseyside, added:

“Level crossing misuse remains a problem across the country, putting lives at risk, costing millions of pounds and causing delays for thousands of passengers and road users.

 

 
   
 

For more information, please contact :


Keith Lumley
Media Relations Manager (North West & West Mids)


t:0161 880 3142
m:07798 858776
e: keith.lumley@networkrail.co.uk

 

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