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Distracted ? You've Crossed The Line

Updated: Jun 11

Our colleagues at Network Rail have launched a new level crossing safety campaign this week and we're sharing the information to help to keep everyone safe when we've got more and faster trains running on the Northumberland Line.

Did you know that we've been delivering rail safety sessions in schools along the line in recent months ? We've spoken to over 11,000 school pupils so far and shared rail safety messaging - it's a really important part of the project.

It’s easy to unintentionally enter a level crossing when you’re not paying attention.

You could be looking at your phone, lost in music, engrossed in a podcast, or chatting with your friends and before you know it, you’ve crossed the line.

And while Britain’s railway is one of the safest in Europe, there are still around 500 near misses reported at level crossings each year. We’re asking everyone who uses the railway to take care of themselves and each other by not losing focus and remaining vigilant.

Footpath level crossings

Research shows that a high proportion of accidents and near misses are caused by people not paying attention when approaching a level crossing. We also know that some people are unaware of the dangers around the railway, whereas others can become complacent with familiar surroundings.

When you’re distracted, you develop tunnel vision and are often unable to see or hear oncoming dangers. Before you know it – you’ve crossed the line. Sadly, this momentary inability to focus can prove fatal. In the last three years, 10 pedestrians have lost their lives at level crossings. Most incidents happen at footpath level crossings where it is the responsibility of the user to check for oncoming trains before crossing.

That’s why Network Rail have launched ‘You’ve crossed the line’ their new public safety campaign, which aims to make you more aware of your surroundings and the potential dangers if you use footpath level crossings.

Take care when you’re approaching a level crossing. Don’t accidentally cross the line, without first checking it’s safe to do so !

Click here to see how to use a level crossing safely as a pedestrian

Click here to see how to use a level crossing safely as a cyclist

Click here to see how to use a level crossing safely as a horse rider

Click here to see more on our school rail safety information


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