Public warned over Cardross level crossing misuse: ILCAD 2021 campaign graphic

Thursday 10 Jun 2021

Public warned over Cardross level crossing misuse

Region & Route:
Scotland’s Railway: Scotland

Network Rail Scotland and British Transport Police (BTP) are raising awareness of the dangers of misusing level crossings following a series of incidents at Cardross level crossing.

Today (June 10) is International Level Crossing Awareness Day and Cardross level crossing, on Station Road, has been identified as a location with a worrying history of misuse.

Since July 2020 there have been six serious incidents of misuse reported at the crossing including:

  • motorists jumping the lights
  • vehicles striking the barriers
  • a pedestrian crossing while the barriers were coming down.

Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie, who’s constituency covers the crossing, said: “I am delighted that Network Rail Scotland and the British Transport Police have teamed up to raised awareness of an issue as important as the correct use of level crossings.

“It cannot be stressed enough how vital it is that these crossings are not misused, including the level crossing within my own constituency at Cardross. The theme of this year’s International Level Crossing Awareness Day could not be more accurate – ‘distraction kills’.

“I encourage everyone to take some time to be aware of the important do’s and dont's of using level crossings. As lockdown eases and train services become more frequent again, it is paramount that we all know what we can each do to keep ourselves and others safe.”

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail Route Director for Scotland, said: “Misusing a level crossing can be incredibly dangerous. By paying attention to the warnings at crossings and avoiding distractions, we can all keep ourselves out of harm’s way.

“We work closely with British Transport Police to raise awareness of the dangers of misusing crossings and with local councils and other stakeholders to educate the public on how to stay safe near the railway.”

BTP Temporary Chief Superintendent Gill Murray said: “Each year, hundreds of people take risks on and around the railway, resulting in tragic consequences and life-changing injuries.

“We are continuing to proactively patrol the railway network across Scotland.  Safety is our number one priority and we’re reminding everyone of the importance of taking care around the railway and that everyone loses when you step on the track.”

ILCAD marks the start of Network Rail’s summer safety campaigns which will see the railway industry work with BTP, councils, the Scottish Football Association and charities to raise awareness of rail safety in communities across Scotland.

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