Drivers risking lives on Broughty Ferry crossing

Drivers risking their own lives, and those of others, on Broughty Ferry’s level crossing, have prompted warnings from Network Rail.
Four incidents of deliberate misuse were reported over just two days.Four incidents of deliberate misuse were reported over just two days.
Four incidents of deliberate misuse were reported over just two days.

Over the last week, several instances of misuse have been reported, mainly drivers ignoring warning lights and passing through the Gray Street crossing regardless.

Scot rail launched its Summer Rail Safety Campaign in June, but Broughty Ferry has actually seen an increase in the number of incidents.

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The annual campaign sees the rail industry work with British Transport Police, councils and charities to raise awareness of rail safety in communities across Scotland.

Since the start of the year, however, there have been seven serious cases of deliberate, with four over just two days recently.

As well as being incredibly dangerous, ignoring the flashing crossing signal is a Road Traffic Offence and can lead to penalty points and a fine.

Dundee East MSP Shona Robison, said: “The recent increase in incidents at the Broughty Ferry Level Crossing is concerning.

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“This crossing is an important asset for the local community and misuse presents a serious risk to everyone’s safety. It’s vital that drivers are alert, take notice of the crossing signal flashing red and stop their vehicle immediately to avoid putting themselves and others in danger.”

Steven Griffin, level crossing manager for Network Rail Scotland, added that while increased traffic is to be expected in summer, there is “no excuse” for deliberate misuse.

He continued: “We are urging everyone to follow safety instructions to avoid injuring themselves and others. We work closely with British Transport Police to raise awareness of the dangers of misusing crossings and with local councils and other stakeholders to educate the public on how to stay safe .”

Inspector Michael Magee, British Transport Police, added: “Each year, hundreds of people take risks on and around the railway, resulting in tragic consequences and life-changing injuries. We’re continuing to proactively patrol the network across Scotland. Safety is our number one priority and we’re reminding everyone of the importance of taking care around the railway and that everyone loses when you misuse it.