Children run across level crossing as train approaches

A shocking video shows school children balancing on train tracks and running across a level crossing as a train approaches.

Network Rail has released the footage of dangerous dodging across a section of track, which shows a young girl walking along a track on her way home from school  - writes itv.

A group of teens were also spotted stopping in the middle of the crossing at night and goading a train as it approached.

There have been a number of near misses at a crossing at Cotton Mill level crossing in St Albans, Herts, which sees around 60 trains per day cross between St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction.

More than 1,000 people per day use the crossing and although Britain's railways are the safest in Europe, level crossings pose the biggest safety risk to people who come into contact with track, says Network Rail.

During nine days of monitoring earlier in the year, four near misses with trains were recorded and there were over 300 incidents of deliberate misuse.

We are concerned about repeated dangerous behaviour at Cotton Mill level crossing and the number of near misses that have been recorded.

We cannot stress enough the danger cyclists, pedestrians and motorists are placing themselves in when they don't use a crossing safely. A split second decision can have life changing consequences, not only for those involved, but also for their family and friends, train drivers and railway workers.

Please - never take chances when using level crossings and if you have any concerns always contact Network Rail or British Transport Police.

– PRITI PATEL, HEAD OF SAFETY FOR THE LONDON NORTH WESTERN ROUTE AT NETWORK RAIL

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