Page last updated at 14:51 GMT, Saturday, 19 April 2008 15:51 UK

Cameras for Metro train crossing

Cameras are to be installed at a level crossing in Newcastle in a bid to catch drivers speeding through red lights.

Tyne and Wear Metro operator Nexus is fitting the cameras following several near-misses at Callerton Parkway over the past year.

The registration of any motorist who jumps the lights will be recorded and passed to police for prosecution.

Almost half of the network's level crossing traffic incidents have occurred at Callerton Parkway.

Metro director Mick Carbro said: "No sane driver would dream of running through a red traffic light and the same rule applies on railway crossings.

"A small minority of people are risking their lives by driving over the crossing at Callerton Parkway when the stop lights are on red and don't seem to appreciate the danger they are putting themselves in.

"The cameras will allow the police to catch motorists stupid enough to run the lights."

Nexus says it has no plans to put barriers at any of its level crossings.

A review concluded that enforcement cameras were the best way to deter vehicles from running red lights, said a company spokesman.




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