Level crossing safety on the timetable

LEVEL crossing safety in Thurrock was on the timetable at South Essex College on Tuesday, March 1.

Students at the college’s Thurrock campus were taking part in a day jointly organised by the College, British Transport Police, Network Rail and c2c.

The campus is close to the Grays Town Centre crossing, and the aim of the day was to highlight the importance of staying safe when using the crossing.

Students watched the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre’s educational play ‘Off the Level’ which deals with the dangers of level crossings.

They then heard a powerful presentation from Network Rail’s Level Crossing User Champion Tina Hughes, whose daughter Olivia was killed on a crossing in 2005.

Our officers were on hand to talk to students about safe crossing use. Many of them were given a tour of one of our mobile safety vehicles which are used to monitor crossings.

Colleagues from Network Rail, The Samaritans and Land Sheriffs were also at the event providing information and answering questions.

Inspector Becky Warren of BTP said: "It was a pleasure to meet so many students and help them understand the importance of using crossings safely.

"We know people can get frustrated waiting for barriers to rise and that many are tempted to cross when the amber or red lights are flashing.

"Today we were able to reinforce the importance of safe crossing use. It has been a valuable exercise and I look forward to attending similar events in the future."

Officers were taking part in the awareness day as part of Operation Look, an ongoing BTP initiative to encourage safe level crossing use.

The event also coincided with the launch of a Network Rail campaign to encourage commuters to take more care at crossings.

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