Crossing ‘is being ignored’

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DRIVERS have continued to ignore warnings about the dangers of level crossings, despite a camera being installed at Oakham.

British Transport Police issued a warning to drivers in March, when there had been 20 offences at the main level crossing compared to none the previous year.

Since March, there have been 25 further offences and officers from the transport police spent Thursday at the main level crossing in Oakham speaking to drivers about the dangers of level crossings.

One person was stopped for speeding and more than 240 leaflets were handed out to motorists waiting at the crossing and 50 pedestrians waiting were also spoken to. Some leaflets were also left at businesses in the town.

It was part of International Level Crossing Awareness Day.

Insp Mark Clements, from the transport police, said: “Oakham level crossing is regularly misused by motorists and pedestrians. Despite our ongoing warnings and enforcement action motorists continue to risk their lives and the lives of others at the crossing.

“Incredibly some people are still willing to put their lives on the line by ignoring warning lights and sirens and trying to dash through crossings when trains are approaching.”

Network Rail installed a camera at the crossing on April 18, in partnership with the transport police in a bid to stop motorists ignoring the barrier signals