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Shiplake Level Crossing

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the safety of the Shiplake level crossing in South Oxfordshire; and if he will make a statement. (97008)

The Office of Rail Regulation's Her Majesty's Railways Inspectorate (HMRI) has inspected the crossing both before and after the recent incident, of 24 July 2006, involving a train collision with a road vehicle. HMRI found that the protective measures for the crossing were in line with published guidance for this type of crossing and that there were no significant irregularities.

The Office of Rail Regulation and the industry continue to work to improve safety at all level crossings by addressing the root causes of accidents. However, as an estimated 96 per cent. of all level crossing accidents are caused by user misuse, level crossing users also have a role to play.