Thursday 09 February 2023

Increase in railway near-misses prompts new safety campaign

Crossings are a danger point  Photo:

The number of near-misses on railway tracks and crossings increased last year, RTL Nieuws reports.

Last year, railway manager ProRail recorded 153 near-misses, a rise of more than 10% a year. There were 206 accidents on the track last year, compared with 195 in 2020.

It has started a campaign to warn young people about risky behaviour near rail tracks, with the help of short clips by TikTok influencers.

ProRail blames unsafe behaviour from the travelling public for the recent increase.

‘When we look at the cameras, we are shocked when someone tries to cross a road when the gates are already down,’ chief executive John Voppen reportedly said. ‘Or when travellers think they can just dip under the gates and go through, when there’s already a train coming on the other side.’

He said this kind of behaviour was deadly dangerous.

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