Thursday 13 Jul 2006
MEDIA INVITATION: BEDFORD FESTIVAL GOERS URGED 'DON'T RUN THE RISK'
Notes to editorsBelow are details about some of the most misused crossings along the Bedford to Bletchley line: • Woburn Sands Station Crossing, Lidlington Station Crossing, Ridgmont Station Crossing: - There have been several incidents of vehicle drivers ignoring the road traffic lights at these crossings and trying to beat the lowering barriers. This has sometimes resulted in them colliding with the crossing barriers and causing severe damage • Kempston Hardwick Station Crossing, Stewartby Station Crossing: - There have been incidents of drivers zig-zagging around the lowered barriers at these crossings and driving across the tracks when trains are approaching • Berry Lane Crossing (near Aspley Guise Station), Woburn Sands footpath crossing: - There have been reports of misuse at these crossings with pedestrians ignoring safety warnings and leaving crossing gates open after use Copies of the ‘Don’t Run the Risk’ television, radio and print adverts and images of level crossing misuse are available on request Level Crossing stats: • Level crossings are safe if used correctly • There are 7,674 level crossings in UK, with some 1,500 on public roads • 680 million vehicles use level crossings each year • At least four people chance their lives at levels crossings each day through misuse • One person a month is killed at level crossings, 13 in 2005 • In 2005 there were 229 near misses reported at level crossings and almost 1,200 reports of misuse • 96% of accidents at level crossings are caused by misuse – i.e. drivers ignoring red signals, barriers and klaxons
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