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You break down on a level crossing. The lights have not yet begun to flash. What's the first thing should you do?

A Leave your vehicle and get everyone clear.

If your vehicle breaks down on a level crossing, your first priority is to get everyone out of the vehicle and clear of the crossing. Then use the railway telephone, if there is one, to tell the signal operator. If you have time before the train arrives, move the vehicle clear of the crossing, but only do this if alarm signals are not on.

Related Information

A level crossing is where a road crosses a railway or tramway line. Most crossings have traffic light signals with a steady amber light, twin flashing red stop lights and an audible alarm for pedestrians. They may have full, half or no barriers. When approaching a level crossing, follow the guidelines below:

- You MUST always obey the flashing red stop lights.

- You MUST stop behind the white line across the road.

- Keep going if you have already crossed the white line when the amber light comes on.

- Do not reverse onto or over a controlled crossing.

- You MUST wait if a train goes by and the red lights continue to flash. This means another train will be passing soon.

- Only cross when the lights go off and barriers open.

- Never zig-zag around half-barriers, they lower automatically because a train is approaching.

- At crossings where there are no barriers, a train is approaching when the lights show.

If your vehicle breaks down, or if you have an incident on a crossing you should:

- get everyone out of the vehicle and clear of the crossing immediately

- use a railway telephone if available to tell the signal operator. Follow the instructions you are given

- move the vehicle clear of the crossing if there is time before a train arrives. If the alarm sounds, or the amber light comes on, leave the vehicle and get clear of the crossing immediately.


Opeyemi Shanu TV

2 years ago

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2 years ago

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2 years ago

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