Level crossing lessons learned at Cullybackey

Keith Pollock of NI Railways gives advice in support of International Level Crossing Awareness Day (June 3) to P7 pupils from Buick Memorial Primary School in Cullybackey. Included is principal Mr White and classroom assistant Mrs Gould. (Submitted Picture).
Keith Pollock of NI Railways gives advice in support of International Level Crossing Awareness Day (June 3) to P7 pupils from Buick Memorial Primary School in Cullybackey. Included is principal Mr White and classroom assistant Mrs Gould. (Submitted Picture).

Recent reports of level crossing misuse at Cullybackey made it the focus of a safety awareness drive last Wednesday by Translink.

Carried out by Translink NI Railways in support of (ILCAD) International Level Crossing Awareness Day - June 3, the event was aimed at educating people about the potential risks at level crossings and how to use them safely.

David McAllister and his dog Ollie get some level crossing safety advice from Keith Pollock of NI Railways at Cullybackey station last week. (Submitted Picture).

David McAllister and his dog Ollie get some level crossing safety advice from Keith Pollock of NI Railways at Cullybackey station last week. (Submitted Picture).

Each year, ILCAD partners choose a different section of the public for their awareness campaign which for 2015 was ‘pedestrians and cyclists’.

This year the focus was on three Automatic Half Barrier crossings in Cullybackey with members of staff from NI Railways and Transport NI speaking to pedestrians, motorists and cyclists at the level crossings and around the village from early morning.

Keith Pollock, Level Crossing Risk Coordinator for Translink, said: “This is the fourth year that NI Railways has been involved with ILCAD. We chose Cullybackey as a focus for activity in 2015 due to recent reports of crossing misuse at that location.

“We want to emphasise that rail travel is one of the safest ways to travel and that any potential threat to safety is usually a result of careless behaviour by a minority. This year’s ILCAD message is ‘Take your time, don’t risk your life’ so we want to remind everyone that rushing to make up a few minutes could have very serious consequences,” said Keith.

Keith Pollock of NI Railways hands a leaflet to Tommy Lennox at the level crossing in Cullybackey. (Submitted Picture).

Keith Pollock of NI Railways hands a leaflet to Tommy Lennox at the level crossing in Cullybackey. (Submitted Picture).

He pointed out that supporting ILCAD is only one part of their year-round campaign to promote rail and level crossing safety.

Earlier this year Translink launched a second tour of its iPredict safety project for 11-15 year-olds and also took the safety message to local agricultural shows.