Video Shows Near Misses At Two East Midlands Railway Crossings

2 February 2015, 13:20

British Transport Police have released some CCTV of near misses at two East Midlands level crossings.

One video shows a cyclist knocked off his bike in Derbyshire and picking his bike off the tracks before a train comes.

Another filmed in Narborough in Leicestershire shows a driver stopping on the train lines in a traffic jam, then getting stuck as the barriers come down around them.

None of those involved in the incidents were hurt, but the Leicestershire driver was fined #135 and given six penalty points on her licence.

BTP Inspector Becky Warren said: "All too often people get into the habit of taking risks at crossings and our message is simple. Use crossings safely.

"It may be tempting to jump a light to shave a minute or two off your journey, but every time you do, you endanger your life and the lives of other road and rail users. Fail to obey the signals and you may also end up with a driving ban or a criminal record. Is it really worth the risk?''

Darren Furness, head of level crossings for NR, said: "Level crossings create a risk for people that we want to remove. Where possible we close them, and we have already closed more than 900 in the past five years.''

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