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Lights warning system to improve level crossing safety in East Anglia

14 October 2016  •  Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review

Level crossing safety is to be improved across East Anglia with the installation of a new lights warning system.

Lights warning system to improve level crossing safety in East Anglia

Part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan, the red and green lights will be installed at three crossings where no warning system or automatic barrier is in place. The crossings are usually where users need to stop, look and listen before crossing, or where they need to phone the signaller to allow them to cross.

Level crossing safety improved where there is no warning system or automatic barrier in place

The light will be green when the crossing is clear and red when a train is approaching, to help people to understand when it is safe to cross.

The lights warning system will be installed at crossings in Thetford, Lakenheath, and at Hockham Road in Roundham.

According to Network Rail, the system doesn’t need to be integrated with the railway’s existing signalling infrastructure, meaning the lights can be installed easily to quickly improve the safety of level crossings that currently have no warning systems.

Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “Keeping people safe at level crossings is a priority. This system can be installed quickly and make crossing the railway much safer at these locations.”

Initially, the system will be installed at a number of high risk footpath, bridleway and private road level crossings. 

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