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Pedestrian Railway crossing safety in Whitehead

13 November 2017

Translink is conducting a safety campaign around the pedestrian railway crossing at Whitehead. We continue to work closely with the PSNI and the local community to ensure the safe use of this crossing.

Leaflets are being distributed to schools, businesses and residents in Whitehead in coming days, reminding people to obey the rules of the crossing and ‘Never Cross when the warning light is Red’. 

In addition, enforcement activities will be taking place in Whitehead involving Translink and the PSNI.

Translink’s Level Crossing Risk Co-ordinator Keith Pollock said: “The green light is displayed until a train approaches, then it will turn red and an alarm will sound. Crossing users must never cross when the red light is displayed or the alarm is sounding. This is extremely dangerous and puts both themselves and other rail users at risk. It is crucial to only cross the tracks when the green light is showing”.

He continued: “Pedestrians crossing with young children, dogs, or bikes should take extra care before crossing the tracks; cross quickly and never stop on the crossing”.
In conclusion, Keith said: “The rules are simple – don’t use the tracks as a shortcut; use railway crossings safely and always obey the warning signs and indications.”

NI Railways monitors the use of crossings across Northern Ireland and anyone, whether drivers, cyclists or pedestrians caught crossing when the lights are red could face prosecution. In addition, we would remind people that it is extremely dangerous to trespass on the railway.

For more information on Translink’s safety activity go to www.translink.co.uk/corporatesite/about-us/our-corporate-responsibility/go-safe/rail-safety/

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Issued by Translink Press Office. Tel:  028 90 899455

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