Train Drivers to Reduce Speeds on Open Level Crossings

14 October 2009

ASLEF’s Executive Committee today (14th October) advised its members on safety grounds to reduce the speed trains travel over Automatic Open Crossings Locally monitored (AOCL) to 20 miles per hour until Network Rail introduces appropriate obstacle detection technology and barriers on these crossings. The EC took this step in the interests of both train drivers and members of the travelling public.


The decision relates to numerous incidents on such crossings over time most recently last month in Halkirk which resulted in the loss of three lives and caused significant shock and trauma to the train driver.


Keith Norman, ASLEF General Secretary said: ‘Network Rail’s unwillingness to invest in vital obstacle detection measures at level crossings has led to this decision today. By calling on our members to reduce speeds to 20mph over crossing ASLEF members can safeguard the health and safety of both train drivers and the travelling public.’


Notes to Editors

The Halkirk, Caithness crash on September 29th resulted in the death of 3 people.

The decision was taken in response to a motion submitted by ASLEF’s Edinburgh No 2 and Inverness branches.

ASLEF is the UK’s train drivers union which represents 18,000 members across train and freight operating companies, London Underground and Overground as well as the light rail sector.

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