FARMERS in the East Midlands are being reminded of the importance of level crossing safety during the harvest season.
With many crossings on farmland in the region there is an increase in traffic during harvest season.
And figures collated by the Rail Safety and Standards Board over the last 10 years show also a sharp increase in collisions and near-misses during the harvest season.
Vincent Briggs, level crossing manager for Network Rail in the East Midlands, said: "While most farm crossings are used correctly and safely, that is not always the case and we have already seen a number of dangerous examples of crossing misuse this year.
"We're asking farmers with level crossings on their land to make sure everyone who comes onto their farm knows how to use the crossing correctly."