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New text alert system to be unveiled for Cornton Vale level crossing

Network Rail and the ScotRail Alliance is introducing a new warning system at Cornton Vale crossing.

It’s one of ten Scottish level crossings that’s been marked as high risk for near misses with on coming trains.

The rail operator’s introducing a new Geo-fencing technology, which will send a message to mobile phones warning people who are near the crossing to stay alert.

It comes after a report found a rise in incidents during the school summer holidays.

Other reasons for near misses with trains include being distracted by friends, listening to music and mobile phones.

Allan Spence, head of public and passenger safety at Network Rail, said: “Many people are aware of the issue of distraction for drivers, but it is very worrying that so many young adults admit to putting themselves at unnecessary risk by getting distracted when crossing the railway.

“We are investing more than £100m to improve level crossing safety across Britain as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan, but we also need everyone who uses level crossings to do their bit too.

“By paying attention to the warnings at level crossings and avoiding distractions, we can all keep ourselves out of harm’s way.”

 

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