Network Rail removes fatal accident crossing

The Ivy Lea Farm crossing at Rillington.
The Ivy Lea Farm crossing at Rillington.

A level crossing which was the scene of a fatal accident at Rillington has been removed.

Eric Ireland, 77, died in 2014 when the car he was driving was struck by a train travelling at 70mph as he crossed the track at Ivy Lea Farm.

Since the accident Network Rail has been working with the landowner to get the private crossing removed from the line at Rillington.

The crossing was removed from the site towards the end of last month.

Plans are underway to remove three other private farm crossings on the York to Scarborough line near Haxby and Barton-le-Willows, which Network Rail have recently legally closed with the agreement of the landowners.

Robert Havercroft, Network Rail’s level crossing manager, said: “The removal of Ivy Lea Farm level crossing is something we’ve worked towards for several years and I’m pleased that we reached an agreement to remove it.

“My role is to stay in contact with farmers who have private level crossings and make sure they’re used safely.

“The new S.A.F.E.R campaign will help to reinforce the safety critical rules around using private level crossings.”