‘Never cross when level crossing lights are red’

Whitehead Railway Station.
Whitehead Railway Station.

Police have responded to a report from Translink that pedestrians are using the level crossing at Whitehead when the lights are red.

Translink has warned that those who do so are risking prosecution

The railway company has also reminded offenders of the dangers of crossing when this light is displayed.

A Translink spokesperson said: “We work closely with the PSNI and the local community to ensure the safe use of the pedestrian railway crossing at Whitehead.

“During the last few weeks, leaflets have been distributed in Whitehead reminding people to ‘Never cross when the warning light is red’ and meetings have been taking place with local community representatives to explain the importance of correct use of the crossing.

“In addition, enforcement activities have taken place where Translink and the PSNI have been monitoring the use of the pedestrian railway crossing in Whitehead.

“The green light is displayed until a train approaches, then, it will turn red and an alarm will sound. Crossing users must never cross when the red light is displayed. It is crucial to only cross the tracks when the green light is showing. Pedestrians crossing with young children, dogs, or bikes should take extra care to make sure they observe the lights before considering crossing the tracks; cross quickly and never stop on the crossing.

“NI Railways monitors the use of crossings across Northern Ireland and anyone, whether drivers, cyclists or pedestrians caught crossing when the lights are red could face prosecution. In addition, we would remind people that it is extremely dangerous to trespass on the railway”.

A PSNI spokesperson added: “As pedestrians we need to concentrate – it’s easy to get distracted, especially by phones, music and conversation.

“Stop, look and listen. Follow signs and instructions.

“Check both ways before crossing – if there is a train coming, don’t cross.

“Understand the warnings - lights, barriers, alarms.

“Cross quickly, keeping children close and dogs on a lead.”