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VIDEOS: Level crossings warning as footage shows dramatic near misses in Bradford

VIDEOS: Level crossings warning as footage shows dramatic near misses in Bradford
VIDEOS: Level crossings warning as footage shows dramatic near misses in Bradford

VIDEOS: Level crossings warning as footage shows dramatic near misses in Bradford

FOOTAGE of a cyclist involved in a “horrifying” near-miss with a speeding train has been released as part of a new warning about the dangers of using level crossings. The drama was captured on film at Ducketts level crossing, situated on Daleside Road between Pudsey and Laisterdyke, last summer, one of 18 incidents at the site over the last 18 months.
The busy crossing, said to be one of the most high-risk in the area, sits on the line between Leeds and Bradford Interchange which sees around 127 trains per day traveling at speeds of up to 60mph.


As well as the “near-fatal” incident with the cyclist, other incidents have included the phones at the crossing being left off the hook, the crossing gates being left open, and drivers entering the crossing whilst the red warning lights are on.
Network Rail, which owns, manages, and develops Britain's railways, said in addition to endangering lives, every incident caused delays to passengers, with Ducketts crossing seeing 764 minutes of delays over the last 18 months, costing the taxpayer £14,260.
Vicki Beadle, community safety manager at Network Rail, said: “We are investing more than £100m to improve level crossing safety across Britain, but we also need everyone who uses level crossings to do their bit too.


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