‘Confusing’ signs at level crossings

10.14 | 12 June 2009 |

Safety at user-operated level crossings is being compromised by ‘confusing’ signs, the DfT has been told (Surveyor 11/06/09).

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has urged the DfT to review the requirements for signs prescribed for use at user-worked crossings – mostly on private roads, but also on 162 public highways and 590 public footways – to improve safety.

The RAIB warned that “none of the prescribed signs actually inform the user that they are approaching a railway crossing, and signs are sometimes located some distance from the track”.


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