Terrifying moment toddler left on rail crossing

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Nottinghamshire: Child crosses track at Burton Joyce level crossing

This is the heart-in-mouth moment a toddler was left unattended on a railway crossing. Disturbing footage released by Network Rail showing a series of incidents at a level crossing on the busy high-speed Nottingham to Lincoln line. Around 70 trains a day use the route travelling at 60-70 mph through the Chestnut Grove crossing in the village of Burton Joyce, near Nottingham.

In the frightening footage a toddler and a man are seen loitering on the tracks as they cross with the young child filmed standing in the middle of the line some feet away from the adult, Nottingham Live reports.

Another excerpt sees three young girls appear to play on the track briefly and a group of people with pushchairs are shown crossing with a young child cycling on a bike ahead of them. 

A further clip shows a gentleman walking a dog hurriedly quicken his stride as a train horn sounds in the distance.

Network Rail have described the incidents as “worrying” and a three-hour safety course has been scheduled in the village for locals to learn how dangerous the crossing could be. 

Anna Ebblewhite, Level Crossing Manager for Network Rail, said: “We’ve seen some incredibly worrying behaviour at Burton Joyce level crossing, which shows just how unaware some residents are of how dangerous the railway can be.

“That’s why we’re delivering this interactive session to help residents understand how to use the crossing safely, and ultimately improve safety amongst the community.

“I really hope that people join us this Saturday – we’ll have experts on hand to answer your questions.”

The three-hour safety session on Saturday, October 15, has been organised with support from East Midlands Railway, Nottingham County Council and the Burton Joyce Parish Council, to engage with the community and offer tips on how to stay safe around the railway.

These tips include concentrating and crossing quickly, whilst keeping children close and dogs on a lead.

The crossing was temporarily closed in April last year after repeated misuse and had new gates installed closer to the line and a better crossing surface.

Laurence King, chairman of Burton Joyce Parish Council, said: “This is a very important issue for residents and visitors to the village.

“We are looking to work with Network Rail and others to understand the causes, improve public education, safety signage and infrastructure improvements, to significantly reduce the potential for unsafe behaviour and the consequent effect on rail staff and network operation.”

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