VIDEO: West Worthing railway crossing safety campaign

CCTV footage of a car swerving under the barriers at West Worthing railway crossing has been released as a warning to motorists.

Network Rail launched a campaign at the busy crossing last week to warn residents about the dangers of ignoring warning signs, lights and barriers.

The release of the CCTV footage showing a driver swerving around the barriers as they were being lowered coincides with the campaign, which poses the question: Would it kill you to wait?

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Ellie Reilly, community safety manager at Network Rail, said: "Swerving around barriers and ignoring warning lights and signs is something we see all too often.

"We're here today to highlight the often tragic consequences which could happen to anybody who takes risks at level crossings."

Long delays

Ellie, and her colleagues spoke to motorists and pedestrians at the crossing, which is often complained about because the barriers are down so often, and for long periods of time, causing traffic delays.

"West Worthing is very busy level crossing," said Ellie.

"The ever-increasing demand for train travel means at peak times there can be up to 14 trains per hour passing through.

"This, together with more and more cars on the roads can lead to more pressure on traffic in the area.

"We understand motorists may get frustrated having to wait at the level crossing, but this does not excuse breaking the law and risking their lives and the safety of people on the trains."

The awareness event was organised by Network Rail's community safety team, in partnership with the British Transport Police (BTP) and Southern Railway.

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