+ Post New Thread
Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 31 to 45 of 47
General Chat Thread, Level Crossing Training in General; Rail travel has seen huge boosts to safety since the Railtrack days. Though I noticed a lot of the train ...
  1. #31
    CAM
    CAM is offline

    CAM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Burgh Heath, Surrey
    Posts
    4,227
    Thank Post
    847
    Thanked 381 Times in 295 Posts
    Blog Entries
    60
    Rep Power
    285
    Rail travel has seen huge boosts to safety since the Railtrack days. Though I noticed a lot of the train accidents recently involved cars in some way or another and no surprise looking at the level crossing videos. The only way to fully prevent accidents at crossings will be to slow the speed of trains down significantly as they pass over them but that will begin to cause delays and timetable changes. Alternatively, more bridges or tunnels where road and rail crosses.

    There is no excuse for jumping a crossing light though. If you approach a crossing you slow down regardless. I do less then 30MPH over crossings to prevent damage to my vehicle from the rails and it keeps me prepared to stop should the lights come on as I approach. That instructor needs a good slap with a highway code book.

  2. #32
    enjay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Reading, Berkshire, UK
    Posts
    4,488
    Thank Post
    282
    Thanked 196 Times in 167 Posts
    Rep Power
    76
    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    There certainly does seem to be some correlation between hat-wearing and standard of driving.
    My uncle made a similar observation when he routinely started wearing a hat, always making sure he took it off before driving anywhere!

    I think that another heavily contributory factor to accidents is tiredness - I see far more people doing Something Stupid (TM) on the way to work than I do on the way home. I wonder if cars could be rigged to not start until you've been awake for an hour? Lots of accidents happen within a mile of people's homes too, presumably because they're either not concentrating on driving yet, or in their minds, they've already got home and are planning their evening rather than watching the road around them.

    A major-ish road near me has pedestrian crossings along it, and it is worrying how many people stop in the traffic and then don't notice that the crossing has gone red, so merrily pull away through the red light when the traffic moves on.

    Unfortunately, all of this comes down to concentration, and you can't teach people to do that.

    I don't think I would want to see level crossing questions become compulsory though, unless the test got bigger to accommodate them. With only 50 questions, or whatever it is, there are more important things than level crossings - you can go for years without ever seeing a level crossing, after all.

  3. #33
    SteveBentley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Posts
    1,446
    Thank Post
    120
    Thanked 263 Times in 189 Posts
    Rep Power
    72
    Maybe it would focus minds more if level crossings had regular traffic lights rather than the flashing variety?

  4. #34
    Number6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Worcester, UK
    Posts
    457
    Thank Post
    2
    Thanked 9 Times in 8 Posts
    Rep Power
    13
    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBentley View Post
    Maybe it would focus minds more if level crossings had regular traffic lights rather than the flashing variety?
    It just needs proper gates that close a good while before the train actually arrives, not stupid half-width barriers that come down about ten secconds before the train arrives and that allow cars to dodge around / under them while they're closing.

    And to echo an earlier post, anyone who doesn't recognise a level crossing whether gated, ungated, automatic or manual is an airheaded moron. Likewise anyone who totally relies on satnav to guide them anywhere and follows it slavishly.

  5. #35
    rad
    rad is offline
    rad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Middlesex
    Posts
    2,511
    Thank Post
    338
    Thanked 311 Times in 239 Posts
    Rep Power
    111
    Where in London is there a said Level Crossing? Probably one, where all the Learner Drivers will be shortly. Seriously, I only know of a few, and most of those are leading to Farmers homes etc, as for the driving test, its getting harder anyway without confusing the buggers even more.

  6. #36
    CAM
    CAM is offline

    CAM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Burgh Heath, Surrey
    Posts
    4,227
    Thank Post
    847
    Thanked 381 Times in 295 Posts
    Blog Entries
    60
    Rep Power
    285
    West Barnes Lane near Motspur Park has two.
    Google Maps

  7. #37
    torledo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    2,928
    Thank Post
    168
    Thanked 155 Times in 126 Posts
    Rep Power
    48
    Quote Originally Posted by SteveBentley View Post
    I dunno, there may be some merit to the proposals!

    BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | South West Wales | Sat nav driver's car hit by train
    put my complete trust in the sat nav and it led me right into the path of a speeding train
    that could be a parable of our times. LOL

  8. #38

    webman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    North East England
    Posts
    8,412
    Thank Post
    642
    Thanked 963 Times in 663 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    326
    This crossing is on Google Street View:

    Ffynongain - Google Maps

    For those who want to assess the signage

  9. #39
    enjay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Reading, Berkshire, UK
    Posts
    4,488
    Thank Post
    282
    Thanked 196 Times in 167 Posts
    Rep Power
    76
    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    For those who want to assess the signage
    I'm actually sad enough to have clicked on that link! And sad enough to notice that the crossing is only signed from one direction.

    And sad enough to post back on here about this!!

    The signs could be better though - one could be forgiven for thinking they were being warned about the gate, not the trains...

  10. #40

    Andrew_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Winchester
    Posts
    3,018
    Thank Post
    64
    Thanked 383 Times in 292 Posts
    Rep Power
    162
    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    The signs could be better though - one could be forgiven for thinking they were being warned about the gate, not the trains...
    It has lights, it has "Stop" signs, and if you look the other way, there is a tractor in the lane!

  11. #41
    Batman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Northampton
    Posts
    940
    Thank Post
    115
    Thanked 118 Times in 74 Posts
    Rep Power
    40
    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    I'm actually sad enough to have clicked on that link! And sad enough to notice that the crossing is only signed from one direction.
    Wrong! There are signs in both directions, what are you talking about?

  12. #42

    tmcd35's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Norfolk
    Posts
    5,761
    Thank Post
    860
    Thanked 908 Times in 753 Posts
    Blog Entries
    9
    Rep Power
    330
    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    Wrong! There are signs in both directions, what are you talking about?
    There are signs for lorries to be careful of a bump in the road on both sides. The warning triangle for a level crossing ahead is only on one side.

    Still. Even at 20 past mid-night with your car headlights off it's pretty damn obvious that is a level crossing. If nothing else the gates are a pretty good giveaway.

  13. #43


    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    3,413
    Thank Post
    184
    Thanked 356 Times in 285 Posts
    Rep Power
    149
    tbf shes not quite as stupid as i first thought. Ive never seen a crossing like that before, and if i was properly out in the sticks like that with only some piece of shat sat nav id probably be abit worked up. Id certainly hope id realise its a crossing mind!

    But then again i know a lass who turned off a roundabout and went 100 yards before she realised she was on a foot/cyclepath - you know the ones with the raised footpath side!!! Im not sure what she was thinking what with the car being just slightly tilted!

  14. #44
    enjay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Reading, Berkshire, UK
    Posts
    4,488
    Thank Post
    282
    Thanked 196 Times in 167 Posts
    Rep Power
    76
    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    Wrong! There are signs in both directions, what are you talking about?
    No there aren't; Stop signs and the lorry grounding one appear on both sides, but the crossing sign (the gate) is only on one side. Either way, I would have thought you'd notice soon enough that you're driving down train tracks.

  15. #45

    powdarrmonkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Alcester, Warwickshire
    Posts
    4,859
    Thank Post
    412
    Thanked 777 Times in 650 Posts
    Rep Power
    182
    The red circle indicating a level crossing is on both gates. That should be enough to tell any driver it's an LC, and the only way you could fail to see it is to drive without any headlights on.

    As for the rest of the arrangement, the big enclosing gates, traffic lights, stop signs and general "this is an important place" should be a pretty good clue that you're not on normal road any more. Then when you have to get out and walk to the edge of the tracks in the process of opening the gate... well...
    Last edited by powdarrmonkey; 15th March 2010 at 01:07 PM.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Sensible level of technical support
    By NotSoFast in forum Blue Skies
    Replies: 58
    Last Post: 3rd July 2010, 08:26 PM
  2. Ipro Level 3
    By ful56_uk in forum Courses and Training
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 17th February 2010, 11:24 AM
  3. AS Level exams
    By SimpleSi in forum General Chat
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 31st January 2010, 02:03 PM
  4. Crossing Over To The Other Side....
    By tech_guy in forum Mac
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 27th September 2008, 07:23 PM
  5. Internet crossing network
    By HodgeHi in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 5th June 2006, 09:53 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •