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Level Crossings: Accidents

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is encouraging Network Rail to take to reduce injuries and fatalities to pedestrians and cyclists at level crossings through the introduction of safer surface material. (249328)

The Office of Rail Regulation, the independent safety regulator for rail, is working to ensure that Network Rail is making proper use of non-slip surfaces to reduce risks to pedestrians and cyclists at level crossings.

More generally the Office of Rail Regulation is reviewing and revising its guidance on level crossings and one aspect of this includes reviewing the provision of non-slip surfaces on level crossings for all crossing users.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department takes to ensure a full record is kept of all incidents at level crossings involving injury to pedestrians and cyclists but where trains are not involved. (249329)

Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), the railway industry must report certain injuries to pedestrians and cyclists at level crossings, where trains are not involved, to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). Failure to do so can, ultimately, result in prosecution.

If incidents involving pedestrians and cyclists are not brought to the attention of the relevant body, then they will not be reported to the Office of Rail Regulation.