Level crossing figures shock

The level crossing at Gray Stree Broughty Ferry on Monday morning.

The level crossing at Gray Stree Broughty Ferry on Monday morning.

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LOCAL MP Stewart Hosie has expressed concern after British Transport Police revealed that in the last two months 46 offences of people illegally ‘jumping’ the level crossing in Gray Street, Broughty Ferry, have been detected.

Of these 31 have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for prosecution.

Network Rail and the British Transport Police revealed the statistics on Thursday as they toured level crossings across the country to conduct safety awareness workshops with drivers and pedestrians to mark the International level Crossing Day of Action.

At the Gray Street level crossing, Network Rail’s community safety manager for Scotland Mark Henderson explained that the impatient acts of a few can put countless lives at risk.

He continued: “Britain has a good safety record in comparison to many other countries but even one death is one too many. Jumping the lights and ignoring warning signs is sadly a sight we see all too often at level crossings.”

Mr Hosie commented: “The crossing has consistently featured in the top ten of the most frequently abused crossings in Scotland for a number of years and we have all tried to promote safety awareness and underline the risks involved.”