Monday 26 Apr 2021
Day of action to improve safety at Lower Cullernie Level Crossing
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People are being reminded about the dangers of ignoring warning lights and leaving the gate open at Lower Cullernie crossing, between Inverness and Nairn.
Network Rail and the British Transport Police say that crossing users who fail to close the gate and adhere to the warning lights when crossing are risking tragic consequences.
The two organisations are joining forces as part of a day of action on Friday 30 April, designed to raise awareness about using the level crossing safely.
And parents are being reminded to remain extra vigilant when near the level crossing with children, following a spike in reports about the gate being left open.
Mike Burnett, level crossing manager for Network Rail, said: “We continue to work with national and local organisations to help people use level crossings correctly as part of our commitment to a safer railway.
“Unfortunately, in recent weeks, we’ve had reports of people ignoring the crossing lights and leaving the gate open behind them at Lower Cullernie – something which could result in a serious incident, injury or worse, particularly if a child is able to wander on to the railway line.
“We’re urging all members of the public to remember the importance of using the level crossing safely at all times. Failure to do so could have devastating consequences.”
Brian McAleese, Chief Inspector, British Transport Police, said: “The public can play a vital role in preventing tragedy resulting from leaving gates open at level crossings by ensuring they follow the rail safety basics at level crossings and pass that knowledge onto their loved ones.
“Lead by example, don’t ignore the crossing lights and close the gate.
“Please, have that conversation with young people about the dangers of the railway.”
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