Level crossing misuse

We take crime at level crossings and level crossing misuse very seriously. Those who behave irresponsibly put lives at risk.

Level Crossing Safety

We are working closely with Network Rail to ensure drivers and pedestrians use level crossings properly.

Rail passengers’ lives are put at risk when an obstacle is put in path of a train. Delays while the scene is cleared can be lengthy, and the cost of repairing crossings and equipment after an incident can be huge.

See our level crossing safety page for advice on keeping yourself safe.

What we are doing about it

Education is at the heart of our strategy of tackling level crossing misuse. We work with Network Rail and Track Off, Britain's rail industry initiative, to educate children and teenagers on safety and the use of level crossings.

We have a range of measures in place to deter people from misusing level crossings, and regularly hold awareness days in partnership with Network Rail. Our officers hand out safety leaflets and speak to drivers and pedestrians, highlighting the dangers that level crossings can pose.

We work in partnership with Network Rail, the office of Rail Regulation, the Ministry of Justice, Department for Transport, the Association of Chief Police Officers, Home Office, train operating companies and the Rail Safety Standards Board, to improve education, reduce delays and gather intelligence about those suspected of crossing misuse.

We are in the process of rolling out a fleet of Mobile Enforcement Vans. These state-of-the-art camera vans are funded by Network Rail, and are used by our officers to catch offenders by using the latest video recording and licence plate recognition technology. The aim is that the presence of the vans, which are clearly marked, will discourage people from misusing level crossings in the first place.

Pedestrians face a fine of up to £1000 and a criminal record if they are caught misusing a level crossing.

Motor vehicle drivers can be charged with a number of driving offences, including:

  • Stopping on the crossing,
  • Failing to obey the lights,
  • Careless driving,
  • Dangerous driving.