Reckless Driver Speeds Through Descending Barriers

A motorist put their life at risk as they swerved at speed around safety barriers at Langley Green level crossing on the Stourbridge to Birmingham line.

A silver Citroen ignores flashing red lights, swerves from one side of the road to the other and narrowly escapes under a descending barrier before accelerating off in alarming footage captured at Langley Green level crossing near Oldbury.

The perilous manoeuvre happened at the Station Road crossing on February 3 but so far the dangerous driver has not been tracked down. If caught they face a road ban and £1,000 fine.


Ben Parish, route level crossing manager for Network Rail, said:

“This selfish driver had callous neglect for the safety of themselves and others by ignoring the barriers and signals. Level crossing barriers and warning lights are there to help road users, pedestrians and railway users stay safe. Misusing crossings in this way could result in serious injury or worse.

“I can’t emphasise strongly enough the importance of sensible level crossing use. If anyone has any concerns about a level crossing I would urge them to contact us immediately.”

Inspector Dave Rams, from British Transport Police in Birmingham, added:

“Unfortunately, it has not been possible to identify the driver involved in this incident and we’d always urge anyone with information about level crossing misuse to contact us.

“Busier level crossings have warning lights and ignoring them is dealt with the same as ignoring a red traffic light. You risk losing your licence, a £1000 fine and, in the most serious cases, charges such as dangerous driving."

To report incidents like this or any other railway-related crime contact Network Rail on 03457 11 41 41.


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