Published on : Thursday, June 2, 2016
Residents in the Cheshunt area are being reminded the importance of obeying signals and signs at level crossings, following a spike in potentially dangerous incidents at level crossings in Trinity Lane, Waltham Cross and Wharf Road, Broxbourne.
Three incidents have taken place at a crossing in Trinity Lane, Waltham Cross in the last month, where pedestrians and cyclists crossed the railway in front of an oncoming train. In one of those cases, the pedestrians had to run across in order to avoid being killed or seriously injured.
At Wharf Road, a total of 40 incidents were recorded since the beginning of the month where people have risked their lives by using the crossing when the warning lights are lit and the barriers are lowering. Additionally, three near misses were reported where people were close to being struck by an oncoming train.
Images from CCTV footage shows motorists weaving around the barriers to get through or speeding across as the barriers are lowering. They also show pedestrians and cyclists crossing when the barriers are lowering or even when they are down and a train is approaching.
Kat O’Malley, Network Rail’s community safety manager for Anglia said: “I cannot stress enough the danger people are placing themselves and others in by not using crossings correctly. People using Trinity Lane need to look in both directions before crossing and should not cross if they see a train approaching. At Wharf road, I’d urge everyone to obey the signals and wait while the lights are flashing until it is safe to cross. We understand that people are busy but trying to save a couple of minutes by jumping a level crossing isn’t worth the potentially devastating consequences.”
British Transport Police Inspector, Peter Day said: “We know people can get frustrated waiting for barriers to rise and that many are tempted to cross when the amber or red lights are flashing, but it is vital that pedestrians, cyclists and motorists obey signals at level crossings. It is simply not worth risking your life to save a few minutes on your journey.
“Those who fail to use crossings safely are not only risking their own safety, but the safety of other rail and road users.”Network Rail is investing £100m into its programme to make level crossings safer as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan to provide a bigger, better, more reliable railway for passengers and businesses.