Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Freight train forced to halt by bus on level crossing

A freight train was forced to stop by a First bus that was stationary on a yellow box at a level crossing on Canute Road near Ocean Village.


The drama was caught on camera by a teenager from Hythe, who passed the footage to the Echo. See the full story and video here.

First are now investigating why their driver stopped on the yellow box, which is highly dangerous and a violation of the Highway Code.

10 comments:

  1. Hrm. Good job that's an AOCL (Automatic Open Crossing - Locally-monitored), since the "locally-monitored" means the train driver has to slow down to ensure the warning system is working correctly (there is a little light facing the train driver that shows that the system is functioning which they have to see in the correct state before they are allowed to pass). Had this been a crossing with interlocking with the signalling system (which would allow the signaller to be sure that the crossing is functioning correctly), the train could have been going quite a bit faster and might not have been able to stop in time.

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    1. With all the modern technology now available there now at most times seems someone with it on site to film any mistake that may be made. As bus drivers seem to be at the forefront of any error, rather than other motorists,it's adviseable not too take chances such as traffic lights,rail crossings,roundabouts.

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    2. Indeed, I agree - nobody should take any chances. Aside from the obvious illegality it's still a massive safety risk. Unfortunately, people still do.

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    3. This particular crossing has gates over the tracks which are locked shut when not in use to prevent trespassers entering network rail lines. As obviously the gates were open, common sense would highlight that a train is due and not a good idea to stop on the crossing! (As a regular user of the crossing, most would know if gates are locked it's safe to stop on the crossing a not that i'd recommend it!)

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  2. You have to love the usual non-sensationalist reporting of the Daily Mail:-

    "This is the terrifying moment bus passengers were caught in the path of an oncoming freight train after the driver ignored warning lights and ended up on a level crossing.

    The City Red bus was stranded across a hatched yellow box in Southampton, Hampshire, as the goods train hurtled towards it and coming to a halt just yards away."

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2776346/Horrifying-moment-bus-passengers-caught-level-crossing-path-oncoming-freight-train-driver-ignored-warning-lights.html#ixzz3FPeAIWgX

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  3. This has been totally blown out of proportion.
    Yes, the driver made a big mistake and you cannot condone it. But there was never any risk of everybody being crushed and killed as the Echo made out. The whole way the crossing is set up is to avoid such a scenario occurring.
    If you want to see something serious, have a look at this Dart Berkshire managed to get killed on a crossing: https://www.flickr.com/photos/41125279@N03/3902556605/

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  4. At last a decent Xelabus website plus a facebook page-PAC

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    1. and the name of the person behind it is strangely familiar!

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    2. Definitely much better, although there appear to be some issues with displaying timetables from Traveline.

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    3. Yes looks like a familiar peson,and agree some issues with displaying timetables which I hope will be sorted asap-PAC

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