The safety issues surrounding the UK’s network of level crossings are well documented and with no current live closure resource available, finding a closed level crossing on your route can also be huge inconvenience. The development of Level Crossing Countdown appl hopes to address some of these issues.
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Encountering a closed level crossing on your journey can be very inconvenient, especially if it’s along a route taken on a regular basis. The queuing traffic caused by a closed level crossing can contribute to both noise and air pollution, as well as causing a nuisance to local residents. Level crossings are also a well documented safety hazard.
The UK has over 6,500 level crossings, including footpath crossings. At present there is no resource available to UK residents that details the live closures and locations of the countries network of barrier and gated road level crossings, and footpath crossings.
The Level Crossing Countdown iPhone application hopes to address these issues. Using GPS technology and level crossing closure schedules, it displays the status of the crossing(s) along your planned route. This information allows you to plan the departure or course of your journey accordingly.
With safety in mind, the LCC application will also display and warn you of level crossings in your immediate vicinity.
Be aware of level crossing closures on your planned route and schedule your departure or path accordingly.
Locate level crossings in unfamiliar territory, with PUSH notifications to warn you when you are nearing their viscinity.
Users may avoid or will be more aware of level crossings on their chosen route. This could result in less traffic and pedestrians approaching both road or footpath crossings during train usage times and reducing accident cases.
Nobody likes queueing at a closed level crossing. Having prior knowledge of closure times will reduce driver, cyclist and pedestrian frustrations.
With less traffic approaching level crossings during closure times, there will be a reduction in the air and noise pollution caused by queueing vehicles.
As a pedestrian, listening to headphones can prove a major safety hazard around level crossings. The LCC App has the potential to cut the iPhone headphone feed when the user enters into the vicinity of a train level crossing.
The proposed Level Crossing Countdown iPhone app is currently in development. If you are interested in being a part of the project, or would like to download the finished app, please complete this form.