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25.06.13

Level crossings inquiry to be launched

The Transport Select Committee is to hold an inquiry into the safety of level crossings, following a recommendation from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).

PACTS welcomed the move, and executive director David Davies said: “PACTS is very pleased that the Transport Select Committee has taken up our suggestion to hold an inquiry to safety at level crossings. This will put the parliamentary spotlight on one of most critical areas of rail safety. PACTS will do all it can to support the Committee in this important inquiry.”

David Morris, former deputy chief inspector of railways and chair of the PACTS Rail Safety Working Party, said: “Level crossings represent the largest single risk of catastrophic train accidents on Britain's rail network. In 2012, six people died at level crossing accidents (three in motor vehicles and three pedestrians). This excludes deaths due to trespass or suicide. It is entirely appropriate that the Select Committee should look at this matter.” 

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Ian Mcneil   28/06/2013 at 13:02

Whilst we have the attitude that the railway is always in the wrong crossings will be abused. We need to fit cameras on all crossings and prosecute missuse every time.

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