Tuesday 13 Jul 2004


Region & Route:
| Wales & Western: Wales & Borders
| Wales & Western
Date:                          Friday 23 July 2004 Time:                         12:00 Place:                         Camborne Station, Camborne, Cornwall Event:                         Level Crossing Campaign Launch Media Contact:        Kirsty Anderson 01793 515267 kirsty.anderson@networkrail.co.uk With the start of the school holidays and the tourist season about to reach its peak, Network Rail isare launching a level crossing campaign across Cornwall at Camborne Level Crossing to promote the safe use of level crossings. Local MP Candy Atherton, the British Transport Police and a representative Wessex train driver will be attending the launch, advising on the safe use of level crossings and sharing their experiences of level crossing mis-use. Level crossings allow people to cross railway lines safely, but each year there are many reported cases of drivers and pedestrians ignoring the rules.  Approximately 30% of all train collisions in the UK are caused by motorists on level crossings and the risk of fatality in a train/road vehicle collision is about 40-45 times greater than a conventional road traffic accident (source: HSE).

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