At locations where roads, highways and footpaths meet railway lines, you'll find level crossings. They're there to ensure that vehicles, pedestrians and animals can safely cross the railway line.Network Rail is responsible for the operation of level crossings.Each crossing is carefully risk assessed and an appropriate level of protection is provided in line with safety guidelines approved by Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate.There are many types of level crossing across our network. There are automated barrier crossings with warning lights across busy highways and gated footpath crossings in urban and rural areas.The type of crossing provided in any particular location is carefully considered and depends on factors including speed and frequency of trains, and volume of traffic on the road.If you're walking or cycling towards a crossing, remember these simple rules:
If you're driving, follow the Highway Code as well as the warning signs provided locally when using a level crossing, and follow these basic rules:
Please help us to make crossings safer by setting a good example and insisting that your family, friends and other users obey the rules. Misusing a level crossing could lead to death or serious injury to yourself or others, including people on the train.Remember, do not take risks! Think safely, act safely!For further information regarding railway safety, please contact the Network Rail National Helpline on 08457 711 41 41 or visit Network Rail .If you see anyone other than railway staff or contractors on the track, please call the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.