Sat nav systems are being fitted with warnings of level crossings to cut the risk of cars colliding with trains, according to the Telegraph.
The technology, devised by Network Rail and the sat nav producer Garmin, sounds a train whistle as the motorist approaches a crossing. The device will also help motorists devise a route which can divert them away from level crossings.
According to the Rail and Safety Standards Board there have been 141 collisions involving trains and cars at level crossings over the past 10 years – and more than 1,000 near misses during the same period.
Martin Gallagher, Network Rail’s head of level crossings, said: “Motorists that jump the lights or smash into barriers as they try and beat them coming down can cause great disruption and cost to the network.
“Sat nav technology has proved to be a great help to motorists in alerting them to what’s ahead on the road, so developing an app around level crossings seemed a smart idea and we hope it will be a useful aid to motorists as the roads and the railway get even busier.”
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