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Shocking footage, taken at a Bicester level crossing, shows drivers and walkers risking lives and ignoring the red flashing lights.
In the past five years, there have been 111 incidents of misuse at the crossing, which is found on London Road near Bicester Village.
The footage, which has been released by Network Rail, shows a pedestrian jumping the barriers, whilst a cyclist gets trapped within the crossing and narrowly missing a train.
Trains on the Chiltern Main Line run at up to 100 mph, however, with trains travelling slower near the station, some users have taken safety into their own hands.
Upgrades to the railway between Oxford and Bletchley will mean faster trains in the future.
Rhys Evans, level crossing manager at Network Rail, said “I look after more than 70 level crossings, and this one on London Road in Bicester is one that really concerns me due to a high number of people deliberately misusing it. Waiting at a level crossing can be frustrating but the barriers are timed to be down for the least amount of time to maintain safety for crossing users and passengers. You may be in a hurry. You may use a level crossing every day. You may even think you know when the train is coming. But if you take a chance you’re putting your life and the lives of others at risk.”
Inspector Darren Burridge, from British Transport Police, 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 England, Wales and Scotland. Safety is our number one priority and we’re reminding everyone of the importance of taking care around the railway and following warning signs when using level crossings.”
The flashing red lights at a level crossing means the train is on its way, in the same way, a red light at a road junction means stop.
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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