Level crossing can be dangerous especially when there are no gates, booms or flashing lights. When approaching a crossing, look and listen for trains. Slow down to a speed which allows you to stop quickly.
There are usually warning signs placed ahead of railway crossings.
Gates, booms or lights
At gates, booms, or flashing lights, start to cross only when signals have stopped flashing, and when the gates or booms are fully open.
Stop signals at railway crossings should be obeyed because trains are fast and heavy and cannot stop quickly. Check for trains even if the lights are not flashing.
When the traffic ahead is stopped, remain behind the stop line unless there is room for you to get all the way across safely.
Crossings without signals
Take extra care where there are no gates, booms or flashing lights, particularly in the country.
Slow down, look and listen for trains in both directions. There are usually warning signs placed ahead of the crossings.
Check for other trains
If you have stopped for a train, always check that another one is not approaching the crossing before you move off. You must not drive onto a level crossing while a train is approaching.
You must stop at a crossing if:
- There is a stop sign.
- There is a gate or boom across the road.
- Red lights are flashing.
- A railway employee signals you to do so.
- You are carrying flammable, explosive or dangerous goods. You must stop between three and 15 metres before the crossing.