Report 16/2007: Two near misses at Crofton Old Station No.1 Level Crossing

Two near misses at Crofton Old Station No.1 Level Crossing, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, 01 May 2006 and 18 May 2006.


On Monday 01 May 2006 a train passed over Crofton Old Station No.1 level crossing whilst the crossing gates were open to the road. The gates had been open for approximately two minutes prior to the arrival of the train and a car had used the crossing around a minute before the train passed over the crossing.

On Thursday 18 May 2006 a train passed over the same level crossing while one crossing gate was open to the road. At the time the train passed, the crossing keeper was attempting to close the gates to the road.

There were no injuries or damage caused in either incident.

The immediate cause of both incidents was that the signal protecting the level crossing showed clear aspect for the passage of trains whilst the level crossing gates were open to the road. Two causal factors were the lack of interlocking between the signals and the level crossing’s gates, and human error in failing to follow the procedure for working the crossing. The report also identified four contributory factors to the incidents.

RAIB has made six recommendations aimed at:

  • provision of interlocking at Crofton No 1 Level Crossing (already carried out by Network Rail);
  • assessment of risk at Crofton No 1 Level Crossing, and at other similar crossings nationwide;
  • standards for level crossings; and
  • ensuring that the requirements of level crossing orders are complied with.

Response to recommendations:

  • RAIB will periodically update the status of recommendations as reported to us by the relevant safety authority or public body.
  • RAIB may add comment, particularly if we have concerns regarding these responses.

RAIB recommendation response for Crofton Old station

Published 10 December 2014