Page last updated at 16:07 GMT, Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Public asked how safe they feel at level crossings

Angus and Margaret MacKay
Angus and Margaret MacKay died in September's accident

The public are being asked for their views on how safe they feel when using gate-free railway level crossings.

SNP MSP Dave Thompson said the results of his survey will be passed to Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson.

His consultation exercise follows the deaths of three people whose car was in a collision with a train at a crossing in Caithness in September.

Train driver members of the Aslef union have been reducing speeds at gate-free crossing since the accident.

Mr Thompson has been calling for all sites to be fitted with barriers.

He said: "I have campaigned for a number of years for improved safety at open crossings and, following a positive meeting I had recently with the transport minister, wish to strengthen the case for barriers at all open level crossings in Scotland.

"Therefore I am keen to hear the public's views on the matter. Whether they feel crossings are safe as they are or needing barriers installed I hope that everyone will take the time to give me their input."

Angus MacKay and his wife Margaret and Mr MacKay's brother Donald were killed in September's accident at Halkirk.

The Liberal Democrats called for assurances over safety at crossings not fitted with barriers earlier this month.

Print Sponsor

Train drivers continue slow-downs
18 Nov 09 |  Highlands and Islands
Trains 'could slow' for crossings
14 Oct 09 |  Highlands and Islands
Services for rail crossing dead
08 Oct 09 |  Highlands and Islands
Rail crossing crash victims named
01 Oct 09 |  Highlands and Islands
Barrier call for death crossing
30 Sep 09 |  Highlands and Islands


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific