Network Rail is reminding farmers and farmworkers of the importance of level crossings safety as they gather the last of their crops this harvest.
There are hundreds of user-worked crossings on farmland in Britain that have a marked increase in traffic during the harvest season. Since June, Network Rail has recorded dozens of incidents of level crossing misuse on farm crossings. Fortunately none has resulted in collisions or serious harm.
NFU regulatory affairs adviser Ben Ellis added: “Farmers with land either side of the railway rely heavily on being able to use level crossings. We remind our members to follow the safe working procedures for the particular crossing, as cutting corners can cost lives.”