Huw pledged his support for Network Rail’s flagship level crossing safety campaign at a special event held at the National Assembly for Wales. Members were invited to meet the safety team and sign up to a formal ‘Statement of Opinion’ highlighting level crossing safety.
The campaign targets those who use level crossings most often, including young people, commuters, cyclists and pedestrians, dog walkers, tourists and commercial drivers and provides them with specific information to stay safe when crossing the railway.
There are approximately 6,500 level crossings in Great Britain including 1,100 across Wales and the borders. While the majority of people cross the railway safely, there were 275 incidents at level crossings in the past year in Wales, including five collisions and 27 near-misses. Between 2009 and 2014 there were 28 deaths at level crossings across Great Britain, including many that could have been prevented.
Huw said “I am delighted to pledge my support to this important safety campaign and to continue working with Network Rail to highlight the dangers at level crossings. Despite incidents at level crossings going down in Wales, there have been 18 separate incidents of misuse at the Pencoed level crossing in the past 2 years alone, which is located in my constituency. Users of level crossings can range from commuters to dog-walkers, from cyclists to farm workers and I would urge people to take care at level crossings and follow Network Rail’s campaign slogan to ‘Stop Look Listen Live’.”