Train barrier hoppers cause chaos on lines, as worst track for incursions ...

Train barrier hoppers cause chaos on lines, as worst track for incursions ...
Train barrier hoppers cause chaos on lines, as worst track for incursions ...

A level crossing in Cambridgeshire has been revealed as the worst in the UK for barrier-hopping and other reckless trespassing incidents.

Shelford level crossing recorded 11 'incursions' in 2020, with one man being knocked to the ground by a head blow from a descending barrier.  

Other incidents at Shelford saw devil-may-care pedestrians leapfrog the closed barriers, in some cases to get onto the train platform - without paying - and in others to cross more quickly.

Shelford level crossing, in Cambridgeshire, topped the list of railway crossings in the UK with the most 'incursions'. Trains rumble down the line at an average 90 miles per hour

Shelford level crossing, in Cambridgeshire, topped the list of railway crossings in the UK with the most 'incursions'. Trains rumble down the line at an average 90 miles per hour

Bicester London Road, the second-worst railway crossing for trespassing, sees 85 trains pass through every day at an average speed of 100 miles per hour

Bicester London Road, the second-worst railway crossing for trespassing, sees 85 trains pass through every day at an average speed of 100 miles per hour

Bicester London Road came in second place for railway crossings with the most incursions, according to Network Rail's response to a MailOnline Freedom of Information (FoI) request.

One cyclist found himself trapped within the barriers at Bicester London Road in January 2020, narrowly escaping an oncoming train when his presence on the track was flagged up to the conductor by an onlooker.

The trapped cyclist had got off his bike and 'tucked [himself] tightly into the corner of the barrier', according to the incident report, meaning the railway attendant failed to notice him.

Another incident on Bicester London Road railway crossing, in May 2020, saw a female stand in the middle of the crossing with her arms out as the barriers came down. 

She then climbed over the barriers, before tempting fate a second time, climbing back over and onto the tracks - this time with a male.

The two then disappeared out of the CCTV's range, heading towards Bicester Village Station. 

The male and female were eventually escorted off the track by police, according to the report released by Network Rail in response to an FoI request.

In third, fourth and fifth places came Halesworth Station SBC (eight incursion recorded in 2020), Rainham (seven) and Grays (six).

Railway crossings with the most 'incursions' in the UK in 2020 Level crossing name Number of incursions in 2020 Route Region Shelford 11 Anglia Eastern Bicester London Road 10 Central North West & Central Halesworth Station SBC 8 Anglia Eastern Rainham 7 Kent Southern Grays CCTV 6 Anglia Eastern Pinhoe 6 Western Wales & Western Shiplake 5 Western Wales & Western Steventston 5 Scotland'sRailway Scotland Moorgate Halt 5 North North West & Central Alsager Station 4 North North West & Central Highams Park CCTV 4 Anglia

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