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New level crossings ‘don’t work in snow’

LEVEL CROSSINGS

02 February 2018
 

A new design of level crossing is making parts of the rail network more prone to snow disruption because the technology is unable to distinguish roadside slush from genuine obstacles.

To date, Network Rail has installed the Manually Controlled Barriers with Obstacle Detectors (MCB-OD) technology at 93 crossings. 

MCB-OD crossings are interlocked with railway signalling and operate automatically without human intervention except when scanners detect an obstacle on the road, in which event...

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