Tag Archives: BTP

Nottingham, UK: man killed close to level crossing

13 Oct

British Transport Police (BTP) is not treating the death of a man who was struck by a train close to the level crossing on Vernon Road, Basford, Nottingham, as suspicious. BTP has confirmed that the man who was killed at 11.43 on October 10th, 2014 was from the Nottingham area.

UK: BTP launches a week-long crossing safety blitz

30 Sep

LXinfoImage133-BTPlogoPeople who misuse railway crossings are being targeted by British Transport Police (BTP) in a week-long (from September 29th, 2014) crackdown on pedestrians and motorists who risk their own lives as well as those travelling by train. BTP, which deals with incidents on a daily basis see Police Officers carrying out extra patrols across the country. Officers will talk to pedestrians and drivers about the dangers of misusing level crossings. They will also visit schools, youth clubs and local businesses. The initiative which is known within BTP as Operation Look will also involve Special Constables, volunteers and Network Rail level crossing managers.

In the year to March 31st 2014, a total of 732 motorists were charged or summonsed for crossing misuse. A further 740 were issued with fixed penalty notices, 102 cautioned for traffic offences and 2,125 were sent on safety-awareness courses. BTP is also determined to tackle pedestrian misuse of crossings and its recent campaign to warn against any trespass on the railway.

Inspector Becky Warren said: “It is important people realise there is a serious penalty to pay for crossing misuse. However, while we will not hesitate to use the force of the law, we are also acutely aware of the need to promote safety at crossings through education.

“We need drivers and pedestrians to realise level crossing misuse is a danger, not only to their safety but the safety of others.

“We work closely with our partners at Network Rail, as well as colleagues across other police forces, to ensure crossings remain as safe as possible and will spend much of this week of action talking to people who use level crossings on a daily basis.”

Darren Furness, head of Level Crossings for Network Rail said: “Level crossings were built decades before our roads and railway became as busy as they are today and so we all have to deal with this unwanted legacy.

“While we’ve closed hundreds of crossings, [public highway] crossings are the most difficult to find an alternative solution for and so, with many, it’s about raising awareness of the consequences of taking unnecessary risks and working to keep the crossing operating smoothly and safely for everyone.

“We know waiting at a level crossing can be frustrating, but motorists who decide to jump the lights or try and weave around a barrier for the sake of a few minutes, risk at worst, their lives and the lives of others.

“They can also damage their vehicle by striking barriers and risk a hefty fine or points on their license, which for anyone driving for a living can mean losing their job. Surely that isn’t a risk worth taking?”

In line with recommendations from the Office of Rail Regulation, Network Rail is committed to closing crossings where possible and replacing them with alternatives such as footbridges.

Some 800 level crossings have been closed in the last four years, but there are still more than 6,000 crossings on the rail network, and BTP is committed to ensuring they are as safe as possible.

Southport, UK: Bus driver charged following collision with crossing barrier

25 Jul

British Transport Police (BTP) has confirmed that a bus driver who failed to stop at a level crossing has been charged. The incident leading to this occurred on May 21st, 2014 on the Shore Road level crossing in Ainsdale, near Southport. The circumstances that form the basis of the summons involved the bus crossing against the flashing red lights and a subsequent collision with a lowering level crossing barrier.

Arriva, the employer of the bus driver involved in this incident has confirmed that it cooperated fully with the BTP investigation. The company also confirmed that it had taken appropriate action following its own investigation, the outcome of which is unknown.

King’s Dyke, UK: Police hunt motorist who crashed through lowered barriers seconds before a train arrived

28 Mar

British Transport Police (BTP) has issued an appeal for information that will allow them to track-down a motorist who crashed through lowered level crossing barriers seconds before a train passed-over the crossing.

The incident happened at 21.46 on March 24th, 2014 at King’s Dyke level crossing in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.

DC Sarah Trotter, from BTP’s Peterborough station, said: “The barriers were in the down position with the red lights flashing on both sides of the crossing to signal an oncoming train.

“A grey saloon car approached regardless and drove through the first barrier, damaging it, before continuing to drive over the crossing. The force of the vehicle also pushed the second barrier on the opposite side up.

“The car then drove off in the direction of Whittlesey” as a passenger train approached

DC Trotter said: “Luckily the signalman at the crossing was able to contact the train driver who in turn applied his brakes, by which time the car had cleared the crossing and made off.

“However, the actions of the car driver showed a complete disregard for the safety of both himself and those on the train, and the consequences could have been far more serious.”

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 , or by text 61016, quoting background LNA/B6 of 27/03/14. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

UK: BTP responds to Parliamentary report

10 Mar

Responding to the Transport Select Committee’s report on safety at level crossings Paul Crowther, Acting Chief Constable of British Transport Police, said:

“I welcome the publication of the Transport Select Committee’s report which raises important issues around safety at level crossings.

“British Transport Police (BTP) will continue to work with all our partners, to ensure those who continue to flout the law and endanger the safety of others are prosecuted. The Force, in conjunction with the Office of Rail Regulation, will carry out full and thorough investigations following any incident which occurs at a level crossing and utilise our officers’ expertise and experience to influence the layout or design of individual crossings to help reduce the risk of an incident.”

Chief Constable Crowther continued:

“BTP activities around level crossings, including the deployment of our fleet of camera enforcement vehicles and partnership working with camera safety partnerships, are helping educate drivers and other road users of the proper procedures that should be adopted at level crossing. This awareness raising continues to affect and influence driver behaviour.”

BTP also said that it should be noted that the decision to appoint a Family Liaison Officer is a matter for BTP and is carried out as a matter of routine following any death or serious injury on the rail network.

Stowmarket, UK: Man arrested for attempted murder

25 Feb

British Transport Police have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident when a woman was injured as a result of being struck by a train. The incident leading to the man being charged occurred during the early evening of February 23rd, 2014 at the pedestrian level crossing in Stowmarket, Suffolk, known as Spikes Lane.

BTP is continuing its investigation, meanwhile the woman who was hit by the train remains in hospital with non- life threatening injuries.

Bulwell, UK: Awareness-raising event at misused crossing

14 Feb

Users of Bulwell Forest manually controlled barrier with CCTV equipped level crossing near Nottingham were reminded of the importance of using level crossings safely at an awareness-raising event held on February 12th, 2014

In 2013, British Transport Police (BTP) recorded 24 cases of pedestrians trespassing on the crossing after the warning sequence had begun. Two motorists were reported for careless driving and 28 for failing to conform with the red lights,