Translink NI Railways recently ran a training and information seminar for members of the Glarryford Young Farmers’ Club, as part of their programme of lectures from outside organisations, to highlight the safe use of level crossings as part of their work.
Such events are an important way to educate young people about the importance of rail safety, many of whom live close to level crossings and travel over crossings as part of their daily commute.
Keith Pollock, Level Crossing Risk Coordinator, Translink NI Railways said: “The importance of not taking risks at crossings cannot be overstated. Although we regularly carry out training for crossing owners and encourage them to keep their families, employees, contractors and external visitors up to speed, with people’s ever increasing workloads this can drop down the list of priorities.
“Being able to speak directly to the members of the Glarryford Young Farmers Club, also allowed us to demonstrate the challenges faced by our drivers and signallers when users take unnecessary risks.
“We’d be delighted to speak to other Young Farmers’ Clubs and invite any clubs interested in learning more about level crossing safety to contact the team on 02890 351201.”
Martyn Blair, YFCU President said: “Anything which improves their levels of safety and awareness of how to properly use private and public level crossings is useful and I would like to thank Translink for approaching us to run the seminars.”
Copies of Translink safety booklet - The safe use of user-worked crossings - are available from Translink by calling the number above and can also be downloaded at http://www.translink.co.uk/privatecrossings.