‘Scary’ footage has emerged showing a young child playing near a level crossing on a live UK train track while his father stands a few feet away chatting on his phone.
The CCTV clip and several others have been shared by Network Rail to highlight the risks some people are taking, perhaps unwittingly, when using level crossings to cross live railway lines.
The level crossing in question is Chestnut Grove in Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire and can see up to 70 trains using the line each day.
The clip shows a father standing on the crossing on what appears to be his mobile phone while his young son plays on the nearby track.
The little boy’s bike can be seen parked on the gravel a few inches from the train tracks.
In another clip, a man can be seen carrying a canoe, and in a separate video, a man in a high-vis jacket picks up rubbish on either side of the line – seconds later a train roars past.
Anna Ebblewhite, level crossing manager for Network Rail, explained that they released the footage because they wanted to educate the public on how to use level crossings safely.
“We have seen some incredibly disturbing behavior at the Burton Joyce crossing, which shows how unaware some residents are of how dangerous the railway can be.
“That’s why we’re offering this interactive session to help residents understand how to use the crossing safely and ultimately improve safety within the community. »
Laurence King, President of Burton Joyce Parish Council, said: “This is a very important issue for residents and visitors to the village.
“We are looking to work with Network Rail and others to understand the causes, improve public education, safety signage and infrastructure improvements, to significantly reduce the potential for unsafe behavior and the effect that result on the railway staff and the operation of the network.”
Councilor Mike Adams, from Gedling Borough Council, said: “Living in the village and regularly using the level crossings for family walks by the river, we recognize its importance to our village.
“The risks currently taken by some, crossing the railway tracks are frightening to see on the replays of the cameras on site.
“We risk losing this incredible asset if we don’t get better at using it.”
The four things to keep in mind when using a level crossing are, according to Network Rail:
- Concentrate – it’s easy to get distracted, especially by phones, music and conversations.
- Stop, look and listen. Follow the signs and instructions.
- Check both directions before crossing – if there’s a train coming, don’t cross.
- Cross quickly, keeping children close and dogs on a leash.