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19.03.12

Safety campaign launched for Metro level crossings

Nexus has launched a new campaign to promote the safe use of level crossings on theTyneand Wear Metro. 28,000 leaflets detailing key safety guidelines have been distributed to all homes within one mile radius of all crossings.

Nexus is also visiting schools in the area to raise awareness and reduce the number of incidents of misuse. Cameras are to be installed on certain crossings to allow prosecution of motorist who ignore stop lights.

There have been no actual collisions on a Metro level crossing since June 2010.

Mike Bennett, Nexus level crossing manager, said: “We want drivers and pedestrians to use Metro level crossings correctly and safely at all times. This new campaign spells out the safety messages very clearly and will reach almost 30,000 households.

“Although we haven’t seen a collision for nearly two years we want to raise safety awareness in order to reduce crossing misuse that always carries that risk of a serious accident taking place.

“People often don’t appreciate the danger they put themselves in if they don’t use a Metro level crossing correctly. A train cannot swerve to avoid a car or a person. The public need to be alert when approaching a level crossing. By staying alert you will stay safe.”

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