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The Churnet Valley Light Railway Order 1996

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Article 10

SCHEDULE 3Level Crossing of Unclassified Road at Basford Bridge Lane

PART IParticulars of the Gates and Other Protective Equipment

1.  Two gates shall be pivoted on the road, on each side of the railway, as close to the railway as practicable.

2.  The uppermost surface of the gates shall not be less than 1450 millimetres (“mm”) above the road surface at the centre of the carriageway and the under clearance between the gates and the carriageway shall not exceed 150mm.

3.  When closed to road vehicles the gates shall extend across the full width of the carriageway.

4.  When open to road vehicles each gate shall be parallel with the edge of the carriageway on the same side of the road as that edge and shall extend across the full width of the railway.

5.  Each gate shall be provided with a suitable mechanism to secure the gate in the open or closed positions and, when the railway line is not being operated, to secure the gates against unauthorised operation.

6.  The gates shall be painted all over in white and shall each display a circular plate of Red Class I retroreflecting material not less than 750mm in diameter. Each plate shall be fixed to its gate in such a position that when the gate is closed to road traffic it is located in the centre of the gate facing towards the approaching traffic.

7.  Provision shall be made for a lamp to be mounted on the centre of each gate on the top rail. This lamp shall when lit show a red light to approaching road traffic.

8.  A stop board of standard railway design displaying the words “Stop”“Await Instruction”shall be provided on each railway approach, approximately 50 metres before the crossing on the northern approach to the crossing and approximately 10 metres before the crossing on the southern approach to the crossing. The stop boards shall be provided in Class 1 retroreflecting material or shall be illuminated.

9.  A distant signal of standard railway design shall be provided on the northern railway approach to the crossing, approximately 200 metres before the relevant stop board, and a normal signal lamp shall be provided for its illumination at night.

10.  In this Part—

  • “Class I retroreflecting material” is material which satisfies British Standard 873, Part 6, or is of an equivalent standard.

PART IIConditions and Requirements to be observed by the Operator

11.  The surface of the carriageway over the crossing shall be maintained in a good and even condition. The width of the carriageway shall be approximately 8.0 metres.

12.  The gates shall be kept constantly in the position mentioned in paragraph 4 above except during the time when any vehicle passing along the railway has occasion to cross the road.

13.  A driver shall bring his train to a halt at the stop board, as mentioned in paragraph 8 above, and shall sound the train’s whistle before proceeding. He shall not proceed over the crossing until he has been given a clear hand signal by the person in charge of the level crossing to signify that the gates are securely closed and locked against road traffic and that the crossing is clear.

14.  The lamps referred to in paragraph 7 above shall be lit and the stop boards and signals referred to in paragraphs 8 and 9 above shall be illuminated whenever trains are operating on the railway over the crossing during the hours of darkness or during fog or falling snow.

15.  The operator shall give notice in writing to the Secretary of State as soon as the provisions of this Schedule have been met and the crossing shall be inspected by Her Majesty’s Railway Inspectorate as soon as practicable thereafter.

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