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August 5, 2011

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Updated advice on rail crossings

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has published revised guidance on level crossings following extensive consultation with stakeholders.

Entitled Level crossings: A guide for managers, designers and operators, the new publication provides information on the safe management, operation, modification and use of Britain’s 9000 level crossings, and updates previous guidance on the subject first published in 1996.

As well as reflecting recent developments in good practice, technology and industry standards, the new guide takes account of changes in the law and recommendations from the Rail Accident and Investigation Branch. It also incorporates previously separate guidance on the level-crossing order-making process, which is managed by ORR.

‘Crystal-marked’ guidance – approved by the Plain English Campaign – aimed at users of level crossings is also available. The guide illustrates the different types of level crossing and provides information and advice on how best to use them.

The ORR has also produced guidance aimed specifically at businesses, landowners and individual users who may use passive crossings – unprotected level crossings where there is no warning that a train is approaching – on a regular basis. It should be of use to the many different businesses whose drivers have to travel, in helping them manage the safety of their staff properly when they cross the railway.

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