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Level-crossing safety roadshow makes its first stop at Southport station

Community

23 August 2017

A level-crossing safety roadshow was held at Southport railway station to heighten awareness of the risks posed by level-crossings and to keep people safe. Staff were on hand, giving out information and advice to passengers, many of who were arriving for the Southport Flower Show.

“This is the first of a series of projects designed to promote safety at level-crossings and we are hoping to work closely with local schools on some further projects later in the year.”

Sally Ralston

CSR Manager

The event was hosted by Network Rail, with the support of Merseyrail, Merseytravel, British Transport Police and the Samaritans. It took place on Friday 18 August as part of a new campaign being rolled out across the Liverpool City Region.

Sally Ralston, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Merseyrail, said: “We want to keep as many people safe as possible – passengers as well as car-drivers – and remind them of the danger of level-crossings.’

“This is the first of a series of projects designed to promote safety at level-crossings and we are hoping to work closely with local schools on some further projects later in the year.”

Nick Jordan, community safety manager from Network Rail, said: “Friday was a great start to our level-crossing safety roadshow. We were able to speak to hundreds of people at Southport station.

“Being distracted or rushing when using a level-crossing can mean that people don’t pay enough attention, which can put them at risk. These events are a great way to remind people how to stay safe on the railway.

“We look forward to working with our industry partners again in the future at similar events.”

Sally added: “We want to hold the events on busy days as this is such an important message and we want to reach as many people as possible.”

How to use level-crossings safely as a car-driver

  • Be prepared to stop at the crossing.
  • Understand the warnings (lights, barriers, alarms). Download the document or view the interactive guide below.
  • If the warnings activate, stop - unless it’s unsafe to do so.
  • Remain stationary until all the warnings stop.
  • Check that our exit is clear before driving across.