New camera to catch out motorists who jump level crossing barrier

Swineshead Bridge level crossing where Network Rail has put up cameras to catch motorists jumping the barriers.
Swineshead Bridge level crossing where Network Rail has put up cameras to catch motorists jumping the barriers.

Drivers who risk lives by jumping the lights at Swineshead Bridge level crossing will now be caught out thanks to a new camera on site.

The safety camera has been installed by Network Rail to ‘reduce the risk of a ‘fatal collision with a train’ and deter motorists from taking risks by jumping the lights or weaving around barriers to save time.

“With the railway network and road traffic only getting busier, we need to do all we can to deter people from taking a risk which could result in a nasty collision,” said Steve Hughes, area director for Network Rail.

The camera will capture images of those who breach the barrier lines after the warning sequence of lights and klaxons has begun. It uses number plate recognition technology and the footage can be used to prosecute or issue a violation via the DVLA. These actions are already highlighted as breaching the Highway Code and until now were only able to be enforced if a police officer was on site.

Swineshead Bridge crossing has 32 trains passing through it each day with a line speed of 60mph, and an average of about 8,300 vehicles using the crossing.

Mr Hughes said: “As part of our plans to make level crossings safer, we are installing cameras across the network to encourage safer driving and reduce the risk of a potentially-fatal collision with a train.

“We know that waiting at a level crossing can be frustrating but the cameras are there as a deterrent to remind motorists of the real dangers posed by jumping the lights.We won’t see any of the fines collected and would rather see no-one caught at all.

“We want to let as many people know about the cameras so they can use the crossing correctly and keep safe.”

The camera is one of 16 being installed across the country ahead of the summer.