‘Frightening’ footage shows young boy playing on live UK train tracks while his dozy dad chats on mobile phone
In another clip an older man with a walking stick and a dog on a lead shuffles his way across and seconds later a train blares its horn before tearing past.
“Frightening” footage showing a young child playing near a level crossing on a live railway track in the United Kingdom while his father stands feet away chatting on his phone has emerged.
The CCTV clip and several others were shared by Network Rail to highlight the risks some people are, perhaps, unwittingly, taking when using level crossings to walk across live railway lines.
The level crossing in question is Chestnut Grove in Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire and can see as many as 70 trains using the line every day.
The clip shows a father standing on the level crossing on what appears to be his mobile phone while his young son plays on the track nearby.
The little boy’s bicycle can be seen parked on the gravel inches away from the train track.
In another clip, one man can be seen carrying a canoe and in a separate video, a man in high-vis jacket collects rubbish on either side of the line - seconds later a train roars past.
Anna Ebblewhite, Level Crossing Manager for Network Rail, explained they released the footage because they wanted to educate the public on how to safely use level crossings.
“We’ve seen some incredibly worrying behaviour at Burton Joyce level crossing, which shows just how unaware some residents are of how dangerous the railway can be.
“That’s why we’re delivering this interactive session to help residents understand how to use the crossing safely, and ultimately improve safety amongst the community.”
Laurence King, Chair of Burton Joyce Parish Council, said: “This is a very important issue for residents and visitors to the village.
“We are looking to work with Network Rail and others to understand the causes, improve public education, safety signage and infrastructure improvements, to significantly reduce the potential for unsafe behaviour and the consequent effect on rail staff and network operation.”
Councillor Mike Adams, of Gedling Borough Council, said: “Living in the village and using the railway crossings regularly for family walks by the river, we recognise its importance to our village.
“The risks being taken currently by some, while crossing the railway are frightening to see on the replays from the cameras on site.
“We risk losing this incredible asset if we don’t get better at using it.”
The four things to mindful of when using a level crossing are, according to Network Rail:
- Concentrate – it’s easy to get distracted, especially by phones, music and conversation.
- Stop, look and listen. Follow signs and instructions.
- Check both ways before crossing – if there is a train coming, don’t cross.
- Cross quickly, keeping children close and dogs on a lead.