RAIB has today released its report into a fatal accident at
At 12:19 hrs on Tuesday
The train was travelling from
It is not possible to be certain why the pedestrian started to cross the railway when he had insufficient time to do so. The RAIB has concluded that he was either unaware of the train at the time he decided to cross, or that he misjudged the time he needed.
He may have been unaware of the train because he did not look, possibly as a result of the skewed alignment of the crossing. On the other hand, it is possible that he was not in the best position to see the train when he made his decision to cross.
He may have misjudged the time he needed because he overestimated the time it would take for the train to arrive at the crossing, or he underestimated how long it would take him to cross.
The age and health of the pedestrian meant that he fell into the category of people considered, by Network Rail's guidance, to be ‘vulnerable users'. Network Rail's assessment of the user group for the crossing did not identify the need to make an additional time allowance for vulnerable users at the crossing. However, as the sighting time for approaching trains was sufficient even if such an allowance had been made, this was not causal to the accident.
The RAIB has made two recommendations to Network Rail. One relates to the importance of understanding and managing the effects of skewed alignment on the use of level crossings. The second relates to reducing the risk to vulnerable level crossing users in an expedient manner, as it upgrades passive crossings.
Additionally, the RAIB identified a learning point relating to the implementation of findings from recent RSSB research into encouraging pedestrians to make better crossing decisions.
"Our report into the tragic accident at
"The proportion of elderly people in the population is increasing and this is predicted to continue. It is therefore essential that this demographic change is allowed for in the risk management of level crossings over the years to come."