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Three seconds from tragedy: Warning issued after near-miss at Conwy crossing caught on CCTV

An investigation is underway after a train narrowly avoided striking three people at a Conwy foot crossing.


The near-miss took place just after 3pm on Saturday, 11 November, at Glan y Mor Elias crossing, near Llanfairfechan.


Incredibly, the train – the 2.25pm Holyhead to Cardiff Arriva Trains Wales service – passed over the crossing just three seconds after the group were making their way across. It was travelling at 85mph.


The driver was left traumatised and was unable to continue with their duties, being relieved at Llandudno Junction. The incident resulted in one train being cancelled and another partially cancelled.


Now, having viewed CCTV as part of the ongoing investigation, officers are warning that carelessness at crossings can have devastating consequences. They are also releasing footage of the incident in the hope that it deters others from being so reckless.




PC Rob Thomas from British Transport Police said: “There are dozens of foot crossings across the North Wales Coast.  Every year we get numerous reports of trains involved in near-misses, usually through people not paying enough attention as they cross. In this incident, there was just three seconds between the people clearing the crossing and the train going past. That is clearly not a sufficient time gap and could all too easily have ended in tragedy.


“Incidents such as this can not only be traumatic for the people involved and their families, but also the driver and emergency services personnel who attend. 


“I would implore people to be vigilant at crossings, remove earphones, pay attention to any signs and take time to look and listen. While crossing, do not dawdle and keep paying attention, looking both sides. Contrary to popular belief, modern trains are actually pretty quiet and you will not hear a train coming until it is only a few seconds away.”


Bill Kelly, chief operating officer for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, said: "Britain has one of the safest rail networks in Europe and we assess all crossings regularly to make sure they are safe. It is extremely important that users obey the signs at level crossings at all times."

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