Terrifying moment as driver risks life on level crossing in Berwick

Berwick level crossing
Berwick level crossing

This is the terrifying moment a motorist sped through a level crossing at Berwick as the barriers were coming down (pictured right).

The CCTV footage shows a motorist overtaking a lorry causing the driver to go on to the wrong side of the road on a blind bend.

The car is then seen speeding over the level crossing at Berwick as the barriers are coming down.

The footage was released by Network Rail as it closes its 750th crossing since 2010 in a bid to make crossings safer.

It pledged to close 10 per cent of Britain’s crossings by April 2014.

It said despite the warnings drivers and pedestrians are continuing to put lives at risk by ignoring flashing lights and sirens at level crossings across the South East.

Where it cannot close level crossings it has pledged to make them safer.

In Berwick the crossing is due to be fully renewed in the next year, with the latest form of laser scanning technology and with full barriers.

Robin Gisby, managing director of network operations for Network Rail, said: “Reaching our target to close 750 crossings in four years is good news for Network Rail, train operators and of course the public, but we cannot be complacent. There is much more we can do to make the level crossings that remain safer and we will continue to introduce new technology, upgrade crossings to include lights or barriers where appropriate and work with schools, communities and other organisations to spread awareness of our safety message.

“We’ve pledged to close a further 500 level crossings in the next five years.

“Successfully closing a crossing isn’t always a straightforward process, so we will need the support from local authorities, landowners and the public to help us achieve our new target and improve safety further still.”

Since 2010, Network Rail has invested £131m in a national level crossings improvement programme. .

In 2013, there were 10 accidental fatalities at level crossings and 10 collisions between trains and road vehicles.

At Berwick, Network Rail are due to carry out a risk assessment in May this year.

There are approximately 132 trains on the line and 3,564 vehicles and 405 pedestrians crossing the line per day.

For more information about how to keep safe at railway crossings across the county visit http://www.networkrail.co.uk/level-crossings/