Tuesday, August 14, 2007

INCIDENT: Hoylake UWC+T 31/07/2007

A woman walking her dog was killed when she was struck by a train on a user-worked crossing in Hoylake, Wirral.

Jean Wilson, 80, was killed instantly on the crossing near to Sandringham Avenue (seen at the top of the photograph). No casualties were reported on the train, which did not derail.

The gated crossing has a telephone for users to contact the signal operator. It is not known if a call was made in this instance.

Photo (c) http://www.mosslondon.co.uk/hoylake_walkabout_may_2003.htm

Wirral Globe: http://tinyurl.com/2a28kc
Wirral Globe: http://tinyurl.com/yrjl7b

ABUSE: Barmouth

British Transport Police are appealing for information after two near collisions at the same crossing in Gwynedd.

Both incidents required the trains to use their emergency brakes to avoid striking the vehicles.

Barmouth station crossing has been identified by Network Rail as one of the top hotspots for abuse in Wales.

Photo c/o www.geograph.org.uk

BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/6927540.stm

INCIDENT: Ballykelly UWC, Limavady

A man was killed when his tractor and trailer were in collision with a train near Limavady, Northern Ireland.

James Craig, 70, died at the scene. No casualties were reported on the 1505 Derry to Belfast train, which did not derail.

The RAIB have launched an investigation.

In 2004 a woman motorist was killed at another accommodation crossing on the same line.

Photo (c) Belfast Telegraph
Belfast Telegraph: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/article2831598.ece#
BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6928315.stm
BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6928831.stm

2005 incident: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/3706215.stm

CAMPAIGN: Yorkshire

Passengers and visitors to Leeds station were invited to take part in an interactive game as part of Network Rail's 'Don't Run The Risk' level crossing safety campaign.

The game, 'What's The Risk?', tests both drivers and pedestrians on their knowledge of safe level crossing use.

Photo (c) Network Rail

Yorkshire Post: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/localnews?articleid=3089914

CAMPAIGN: Scotland

The Network Rail 'Don't Run The Risk' campaign continued with an awareness session at Waverley Station, Edinburgh.

There have been over 1500 reported instances of level crossing abuse in Scotland in the last twelve months. This year's highest fatality accident at a level crossing also occurred in Scotland.

Ron McAulay, Network Rail, Director Scotland noted that some of the worst level crossings offenders in the region are the 'impatient' over-65s.

Scotsman: http://news.scotsman.com/edinburgh.cfm?id=1275742007