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Crossing blamed for rail deaths

Scene of the incident
The report found safety concerns had been raised before

A report into a train accident that killed a Nottinghamshire woman and her grandson has found the rail crossing posed a risk to pedestrians.

Jean Hoggart, 56, and her grandson Mikey Dawson, seven, from Hucknall were hit on the Moor Road level crossing in Bestwood Village on 22 November 2008.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report found they would not have been aware of the oncoming train.

The train was travelling from Worksop to Nottingham on the Robin Hood Line.

The pair were killed at a foot crossing where train and tram lines run parallel.

There was no appreciation that crossings in darkness present different risks to pedestrians compared within during daylight hours
RAIB report

Concerns raised about poor visibility at the crossing had not been addressed by Network Rail, the report said.

The RAIB investigation said a significant factor in the accident was that the point at which pedestrians make their decision to cross was not clearly identified.

It added: "The risk to pedestrians presented by tram operations running parallel to the Network Rail line was not considered by any party."

It continued that "there was no appreciation that crossings in darkness present different risks to pedestrians compared within during daylight hours".

Network Rail made changes to the crossing in May 2009, after the accident, which have improved the visibility of trains for pedestrians.

Among the eight recommendations made by the RAIB are the installation of improved safety signs at the level crossing, and at the exits from the central refuge, warning pedestrians that trains and trams can approach in either direction at any time.

Another was to assess the lighting and put in place any additional protective measures at the crossing where necessary.



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