There were renewed calls for increased safety protection at level crossings this week after a passenger train ploughed into a van on a user-operated crossing, killing its driver and a passenger. The accident happened at 1pm on Monday on the Peterborough-Lincoln line at Helpringham, Lincolnshire. The 'look and listen' crossing had no telephone or warning system, but a Network Rail spokesman said that sightlines up and down the track were good.
Train drivers' union Aslef said the accident added urgency to its call for safety measures to be installed at all level crossings. There are 3,967 user operated crossings on the rail network.