A CAMPAIGN has been launched by Network Rail to hammer home the need to use level crossings safely.
One of the worst locations for motorists jumping the red lights at crossings in the area is Little Bowden, near Market Harborough, where there has been 20 serious incidents in the past four year.
There was even a report of a snowman being built between the running rails.
On Level Crossing Awareness Day today, Network Rail has revealed there have been 311 incidents of crossing misuse in the East Midlands in the past 12 months.
Richard Pedley, Network Rail’s community safety manager in the region, said: “Level crossings are there to protect all of our safety. We understand the frustration that can be caused when the barriers are down and you are in a rush but we are asking people just to stop and think about the potential consequences.
“We have a national programme of crossing closures but this isn’t possible in every case so days like these are really important to help support the safety message.”
Teams from Network Rail and the British Transport Police are handing out leaflets and talking to members of the public, crossing users and local businesses at Little Bowden and other East Midlands level crossings on today.