First level crossing death in 2013

A sad start to 2013 with the news of a death on the level crossing at Yarnton in Oxfordshire. No details yet of what happened, but the initial unconfirmed report I heard suggested a mechanical failure of the car. It is another automatic half barrier crossing Рthe same type of barrier where a grandmother drove her car onto a crossing and it was hit by a train in Yorkshire less than a month  ago. That day a little girl was killed. Today someone else lost their life.

Automatic half barriers are little more than car park barriers – affording little protection and providing no warning to the train via the signals if a car or other obstacle is on the track at the crossing.

Network Rail needs to invest in research into alternative more appropriate protection and to phase out these dangerous crossings.

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