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Network Rail closes 700 UK level crossings

15th July 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Network Rail has now shut 700 level crossings throughout the UK, equating to around ten per cent of the total number across the country.

This has been accomplished since 2009 as part of its £130 million national level crossing investment programme in a bid to improve safety for the public. Many of these closures involved “user worked” crossings, where there is no public right of way.

Martin Gallagher, head of level crossings for Network Rail, said:”The surest way to remove the risk of someone being struck by a train at a level crossing is to close it. Since 2009 we've closed 700 and are on course to meet our target of closing 750 by spring next year, but there is much more work to do.”

Mr Gallagher explained that closing a level crossing is not always an easy process, meaning the support of landowners and local authorities is helpful.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801612177-ADNFCR


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