Public continue to ignore level crossing warnings

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CCTV footage has been released by Network Rail in a bid to warn the public about the dangers of racing over level crossings, reports Hannah Brewer.

Despite 10 per cent of Britain's level crossings being closed since 2010, more than 6,500 still remain, where trains can travel past at speeds of up to 125mph.

Network Rail has invested £131 million into a programme aimed at improving level crossing safety.

Managing director of network operations for Network Rail Robin Gisby spoke to The BBC, saying: "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."

Replacing 38 crossings with footbridges, installing obstacle detection radar technology at 13 sites, and a national TV campaign are some of the methods the National Rail programme will use to improve safety by the end of March 2014.

In the year 2012/2013 there were 14 level crossing fatalities, and in the first half of 2013/2014 four fatalities have been recorded.

Ian Prosser, Director of Railway Safety at ORR (Office of Rail Regulation) spoke to The Telegraph, saying: "Though Britain's level crossings are among the safest in Europe, there is no room for complacency.

"They still pose a significant risk to the public and ORR has recently announced millions of pounds' worth of extra funding for Network Rail to close or upgrade level crossings in the next five years."

Click play on the video below that shows pedestrians and motorists risking their lives on level crossings.