Pedestrians warned over railway crossing in Whitehead

Whitehead Station.
Whitehead Station.

Pedestrians are being given a stark warning over the dangers of ignoring warning lights at a rail crossing.

It comes as part of a safety campaign by PSNI and Translink around the pedestrian railway crossing at Whitehead.

Leaflets are being distributed to schools, businesses and residents in the seaside town, reminding people to obey the rules of the crossing and ‘Never cross when the warning light is red’.

Translink and the PSNI will also be carrying out enforcement activities in the area.

Translink’s Level Crossing Risk Co-ordinator Keith Pollock said: “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 or the alarm is sounding. This is extremely dangerous and puts both themselves and other rail users at risk. 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 before crossing the tracks; cross quickly and never stop on the crossing.

“The rules are simple – don’t use the tracks as a shortcut; use railway crossings safely and always obey the warning signs and indications.”

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.

The transport provider is reminding people that it is "extremely dangerous" to trespass on the railway.