National Rail release near miss video after jogger nearly hit by a train in Princes Risborough

A safety video has been launched to remind level crossing users to always stop, look and listen after a jogger wearing headphones came within seconds of being hit by a train.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 2:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 3:44 pm

Network Rail have released the reminder to walkers and joggers about the dangers of crossing the railway - particularly in rural areas.

It’s after a shocking near miss at Ridgeway Path level crossing in Princes Risborough last November.

The crossing is located on the Chiltern main line. It is used by freight services as well as high speed trains travelling between Birmingham and London.

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CCTV footage of the jogger

The jogger failed to remove their earphones before running across the track - forcing a Chiltern Railways train to apply its emergency brakes.

The careless runner was approximately five seconds from being hit by the London to Oxford service.

Rhys Evans, level crossing manager at Network Rail, said: “We want this new video to illustrate how to use level crossings properly, and the risks you take if you don’t.

"No matter how well you think you know a crossing, all users must stop, look and listen every single time they cross the railway.

The Ridgeway footpath crossing

“It would be easy to believe that level crossings in more rural areas would be less dangerous, but all crossings must be approached with the same caution, especially as we look to enjoy our countryside trails and crossings more often as summer approaches.”

For more information and resources on how to use all types of level crossings safely, visit the Network Rail website: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/safety-in-the-community/level-crossing-safety/