Community alerted to crucial changes at three railway crossings in Pembrokeshire: Beavers Hill Open Crossing, Pembrokeshire (1)

Thursday 21 Mar 2024

Community alerted to crucial changes at three railway crossings in Pembrokeshire

Region & Route:
Wales & Western
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders

Network Rail is making crucial changes at three level crossings in Pembrokeshire later this month to improve safety for the community and holidaymakers.

The changes, which will see trains slowing down instead of stopping to avoid confusion, will affect three crossings without barriers on the Pembroke Dock branch line:

  • Beavers Hill open crossing at Manorbier, between Manorbier and Lamphey stations
  • Manorbier Newton open crossing at Manorbier, between Manorbier and Lamphey stations
  • Llanion open crossing near Pembroke Dock station

Trains are currently required to stop on their approach to the crossings, with the driver sounding a horn before proceeding.
But from 31 March, trains will instead approach at a constant speed of 5mph, with the driver sounding the horn as a warning before continuing over the crossing if it is safe to do so.
Crossing users should continue to follow the safety advice below:

  • Do not attempt to cross if a train is approaching ­– or is already on – the crossing
  • Crossing users must give way to any visible trains as they have right of way
  • If driving a road vehicle, drive to the conditions of the road and control your speed so you can stop in plenty of time if you need to
  • Always obey the level crossing safety signs and remain vigilant before and during your use of the level crossing

Daniel Jones, Network Rail level crossing manager for the Whitland region, said: “We have identified that the existing practice has resulted in confusion for crossing users.

“Users often assume because the train has stopped and the driver has sounded the horn, that this is an indication for them to cross when it is, in fact, intended as a warning. This has resulted in several close calls between trains and road users.

“The operational changes we are making from 31 March aim to prevent this misunderstanding and improve overall safety at these level crossings.”

Nick Millington, Network Rail Wales and Borders route director, said: “These operational changes at three level crossings in Pembrokeshire are being made to improve both safety and train performance.

“Ahead of the holiday season, when these crossings are at their busiest, we are not asking people to do anything differently when using them but to continue to obey the safety signs and remain vigilant.”

Notes to Editors

Notes to editors:

  • An open crossing is an unprotected crossing where there is no physical barrier between the level crossing user and train movements. It is down to the user to decide whether they can cross the railway safely, or if they need to wait in a safe place until the train has passed. Signage is provided at the level crossing instructing a user on how to use the crossing correctly. Open crossings are only situated where there is enough time for users to see if a train is approaching and cross safely. Users must give way to any visible trains as they have right of way.
  • This operational change has the support of the Office of Rail and Road, Transport for Wales and Great Western Railway.

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