It has recently been highlighted that the deck of a foot crossing had been removed and the surface partially replaced with ballast during High Output track renewal work (example image above). This is not permitted by the relevant company standards, specifically NR/L2/TRK/2102 Design and construction of track, NR/L2/TRK/4040 Level Crossing Surface Systems and NR/L3/TRK/4041 Maintaining Track Assets at Level Crossings. Changing any crossing surface can change the time anyone using the crossing is at risk from trains. The change in surface may also create tripping hazards, increasing risk. We are obliged to maintain public rights of way that are safe. But if a level crossing surface cannot be re-instated to the necessary standard then the crossing shall be secured out of use and immediately escalated to the Level Crossing Manager.
If a Level Crossing cannot be installed tothe necessary standard then the crossingshall be secured out of use until thecrossing can be made safe for use.
All level crossing surfaces must bemaintained to the same or a lower level ofrisk until a new risk assessment has beencompleted. Consolidated/boxed in ballast isnot as safe as a solid, level deck.
All level crossing surface types are to beinstalled in compliancewith NR/L2/TRK/2102 Design andconstruction of track, NR/L2/TRK/4040Level crossing surface systems andNR/L3/TRK/4041 Maintaining track assetsat level crossings.Lineside rail should be managed to avoidimpeding any level crossing.Never assume a latent defect is known – ifany faults are identified with the levelcrossing asset on arrival on site then theseshall be immediately escalated to theRoute Control Manager
Lineside rail should be managed to avoidimpeding any level crossing.
Never assume a latent defect is known – ifany faults are identified with the levelcrossing asset on arrival on site then theseshall be immediately escalated to theRoute Control Manager.