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Level crossing safety tips for delivery drivers amid Christmas rush

Published 12/12/2015

Network Rail is sending advice on how to cross the railway to Britain's largest road fleets
Network Rail is sending advice on how to cross the railway to Britain's largest road fleets

Delivery drivers in a rush to meet the pre-Christmas demand for cards and parcels have been warned not to put themselves at risk on level crossings.

Network Rail (NR) is sending advice on how to cross the railway to Britain's largest road fleets - including Royal Mail - in the form of posters, leaflets and even air fresheners.

Drivers at courier firm TNT and waste management company Veolia will also receive the level crossing safety tips.

These include remembering that amber warning lights mean stop, never assuming that only one train is coming and avoiding distractions such as loud music which may stop a driver from hearing an alarm.

In the past five years there have been almost 150 near misses and six collisions involving commercial vehicles and trains at level crossings.

Darren Furness, head of level crossing safety at NR, said: "We know that the winter months can be an extremely demanding time for people who drive for a living.

"Increased demand for goods, the need to meet delivery deadlines, short daylight hours and poor weather conditions all put extra pressure on drivers.

"To help keep them and others using the railway safe during this busy time, we've given drivers some top tips to remind them how to safely use level crossings whenever they get behind the wheel.

"We hope these will help reduce the number of accidents and make sure those Christmas cards and presents are delivered safely to your door."

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