Train hits car on Wensleydale Railway at level crossing on A684 at Aiskew

COLLISION: A car that was hit on a crossing last October

COLLISION: A car that was hit on a crossing last October

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Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Richmond)

A CAR has been hit by a train at a level crossing on a heritage railway line previously criticised over safety issues.

The train, operated by Wensleydale Railway, struck the vehicle at an automatic crossing on the A684 near Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, at 3.15pm yesterday.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said no-one was injured and that it had not been necessary to close the road. No one from the railway was last night available for comment.

Motorists said traffic tailed back for up to a mile following the accident - caused by a carriage blocking the crossing.

In November, Wensleydale Railway was ordered to pay £8,000 for health and safety breaches following a collision between a car and a steam train with 58 passengers aboard at a crossing at Newton le Willows, near Bedale. No-one was injured in the August 2011 incident but the car was badly damaged.

A month earlier, a woman had a narrow escape at the same user-worked Fox Park crossing - which links a farm access with a public road -  when her car was hit by a steam train.

Last year, the Office of Rail Regulation, issued an improvement notice after it found there were significant safety management shortcomings.

Concerns over the Leeming Bar to Redmire line, which carries around 35,000 passengers into the Yorkshire Dales every year, were raised after a tractor and a train collided at a level crossing near Bedale in June, 2011.

Nigel Park, the railway's general manager, has previously said strenuous efforts were being made to improve safety on the line.

Volunteers have been tackling a 50-year backlog of maintenance on the line, and have worked to improve visibility at its 48 user-worked level crossings, as well as launching a campaign to ensure people shut gates at crossings.

The charity-run railway has plans to extend the line deep into the Yorkshire Dales and to Northallerton.

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9:21pm Thu 31 Jan 13

spragger says...

The safety record of this railway is disgusting
The angle of this particular crossing has caused hundreds of cycling injuries. When are this lot going to do something about it?
The safety record of this railway is disgusting The angle of this particular crossing has caused hundreds of cycling injuries. When are this lot going to do something about it? spragger
  • Score: -4

10:16pm Thu 31 Jan 13

truthhurts101 says...

Quite how a car ignoring a red light is viewed as poor railway safety betters belief! As for the cyclists, I am a cyclist and could name far worse roads for biking on than any crossing on the WR
Quite how a car ignoring a red light is viewed as poor railway safety betters belief! As for the cyclists, I am a cyclist and could name far worse roads for biking on than any crossing on the WR truthhurts101
  • Score: 4

8:56am Fri 1 Feb 13

fleur12 says...

Wouldn't it be better to find out where the blame lies before slating W.Rly?
Wouldn't it be better to find out where the blame lies before slating W.Rly? fleur12
  • Score: 2

2:10pm Fri 1 Feb 13

fleur12 says...

I suggest you check comment no.4.It's rubbish!!
I suggest you check comment no.4.It's rubbish!! fleur12
  • Score: 0

4:41pm Fri 1 Feb 13

janaliii says...

why are people blaming the railway, its a great big huge thing puffing out smoke and making a loud noise and common sense tells you its best to let it pass first before you attempt to cross the line. unless you are lacking in the intellegance department.
why are people blaming the railway, its a great big huge thing puffing out smoke and making a loud noise and common sense tells you its best to let it pass first before you attempt to cross the line. unless you are lacking in the intellegance department. janaliii
  • Score: 2

9:29am Sun 3 Feb 13

Amused Bystander says...

Let's see, if you choose to drive onto a level crossing when the lights are flashing (as in this instance), should you:

(a) Deserve to be hit by a train.
(b) Be prosecuted for flagrantly breaking the law.
(c) Be banned from driving for your woeful lack of attention and / or breathtaking recklessness.
(d) All of the above.

Answers on a postcard please to the Northern Echo.
Let's see, if you choose to drive onto a level crossing when the lights are flashing (as in this instance), should you: (a) Deserve to be hit by a train. (b) Be prosecuted for flagrantly breaking the law. (c) Be banned from driving for your woeful lack of attention and / or breathtaking recklessness. (d) All of the above. Answers on a postcard please to the Northern Echo. Amused Bystander
  • Score: 3

6:14pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Firebrand says...

"The charity-run railway has plans to extend the line deep into the Yorkshire Dales and to Northallerton." ... Is that so they can take out a few more vehicles? lol Seems the first priority should be to withdraw access for the ignorant & lazy sods who can't be bothered closing the bloody gates. Make them go the long way round!!!
"The charity-run railway has plans to extend the line deep into the Yorkshire Dales and to Northallerton." ... Is that so they can take out a few more vehicles? lol Seems the first priority should be to withdraw access for the ignorant & lazy sods who can't be bothered closing the bloody gates. Make them go the long way round!!! Firebrand
  • Score: -1

6:20pm Sun 3 Feb 13

Firebrand says...

Seriously though. It seems there's very little option than to make as many crossings as possible either manned or controlled with automatic barriers.
Seriously though. It seems there's very little option than to make as many crossings as possible either manned or controlled with automatic barriers. Firebrand
  • Score: -1

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