Monday 24 Jul 2017
New warning system improves safety at level crossing in Filey
Network Rail has installed a new audible warning system at Seadale level crossing which will alert pedestrians of approaching trains.
Crossing users are required to stop, look and listen for trains before crossing the railway. The newly installed technology will increase safety by providing users with an audible warning which is triggered automatically as a train approaches the crossing. This is an additional warning as trains already sound their horns as they approach the crossing.
The new technology is solar powered, making it environmentally friendly as well as easy to maintain.
Robert Havercroft, level crossing manager for Network Rail, said: “Safety is our top priority and we are investing more than £100million to improve level crossing safety across Britain as part of our Railway Upgrade plan.
“We know that this crossing is particularly busy during the summer with local residents and visitors from the nearby caravan park using it, so the increased safety measure could not come at a better time.
“The new warning system which we have installed will provide an additional warning that a train is approaching and provide users with a safer path across the railway.”
To find out how to stay safe when using level crossings, visit www.networkrail.co.uk/level-crossings
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 36,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.