Crossing dodgers risk their lives at cement works

Impatient drivers are risking injury and even death by dodging across a level crossing in front of trains at the Hanson Cement works.

Police have issued a warning after security staff at Hanson Cement reported that some drivers have been ignoring the warning lights and driving across the track at the open crossing in West Bradford Road, Clitheroe.

The crossing has no gates or barriers, and when the lights are flashing it is an offence to cross the single-track siding.

“We have been made aware that a number of drivers are contravening the law at this crossing,” said PCSO Andy Connell, of Clitheroe Police.

“These drivers are committing an offence but also at the same time they are putting their lives at risk. They could be injured or even killed. The trains are travelling slowly, but they can’t stop in a short distance.

“We are appealing to people, to please adhere to the signals at the crossing and wait for the train to pass.”

There is only one train a day in either direction, six days a week. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays it arrives around noon and leaves at about 3pm.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays it arrives around 1 pm and leaves around 6 pm, and on Saturdays it arrives at around 2pm and leaves around 6pm.