Level Crossing Shocker: Children Risk Their Lives St Albans – they’re oblivious to the dangers of their ventures
Shocking footage of children messing on Cotton Mill Lane level crossing in St Albans. A young school girl risks her life balancing along a rail. Three young lads meander around the crossing looking at their phones. A group of youths play chicken with trains at night.
There have been a number of incidents of deliberate misuse recently at Cotton Mill level crossing. The location sees around 60 trains per day cross it between St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction.
Over 1,000 people per day use the crossing. Although Britain’s railways are the safest in Europe, level crossings pose the biggest safety risk to people who come into contact with the rail network.
During nine days of monitoring earlier in the year, four near misses with trains were recorded and there were over 300 incidents of deliberate misuse.
Network Rail is currently working with the local council to find an alternative to a level crossing at this site and is currently making a series of changes to improve safety. These include moving the whistle boards – which prompt train drivers to sound the horn as a warning – closer to the crossing and making improvements to the crossing surface.
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