Shocking CCTV compilation of level crossing misuse

Shocking CCTV compilation of level crossing misuse
© Network Rail

So far in 2023, there have been nearly 50 cases of abuse either reported by train drivers or caught on hidden cameras in Worcestershire and the West Midlands.


Dog walkers sitting their pets on the tracks for photos, teenagers doing one-armed push-ups and parents letting toddlers play on live tracks are just some of the incredibly dangerous behaviour caught on CCTV at level crossings in Worcestershire this year.

As a safety warning to others, Network Rail has released a compilation of CCTV footage showing people risking their lives at level crossings.

a man with two little girls using the rails to play on pointing out the ‘pretty hills’ in the distance to them; they were caught on camera on the tracks for over a minute and a half © Network Rail
a man with two little girls using the rails to play on pointing out the ‘pretty hills’ in the distance to them; they were caught on camera on the tracks for over a minute and a half © Network Rail
loud music playing while a teenager does one-armed press ups in the middle of a crossing © Network Rail
loud music playing while a teenager does one-armed press ups in the middle of a crossing © Network Rail
two boys placing ballast stones on the track so they are run over by trains © Network Rail
two boys placing ballast stones on the track so they are run over by trains © Network Rail
a dog walker encouraging two dogs to sit on the tracks while an onlooker takes a photo of them © Network Rail
a dog walker encouraging two dogs to sit on the tracks while an onlooker takes a photo of them © Network Rail

“In so many of the incidents filmed, the difference of just a few seconds could have led to tragedy for those involved. I can’t downplay the danger they were in – with serious injury or worse a huge possibility," said Alexandra France, Network Rail Level crossing safety manager.

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