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Road sign to be removed as it confuses motorists

THIS sign can be removed from UK roads because it confuses too many motorists.

It is feared that this iconic sign, which warns motorists of a nearby level crossing with no barrier, “won’t be readily understood by younger drivers”.

This is a level crossing sign indicating that there is a crossing with no barrier or gate - it is to be scrapped

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This is a level crossing sign indicating that there is a crossing with no barrier or gate – it is to be scrappedCredit: Alamy
This sign means that there is a level crossing with a barrier or barrier in front of you

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This sign means that there is a level crossing with a barrier or barrier in front of youCredit: Alamy

Instead of steam locomotives, modern trains can now be shown on road signs warning motorists of level crossings.

The steam train sign, which has existed since 1964, warns of a “level crossing without barrier and barrier”.

Some level crossing signage was deemed confusing and dangerous because the Health and Safety Executive found that foreign drivers made more mistakes at crossings.

The Rail Safety and Standards Board recommended replacing the steam train sign because it was associated with “slow-moving” trains, according to a 2014 report.

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And the Association of Environment, Economic, Planning and Transport Directors agreed – stating that the signs were “not appropriate in today’s society”.

Their 2013 study stated, “Images shown for old-style level crossing gates and the use of steam locomotives present historical images that may not be readily understood by younger drivers and road users.”

The AA also said today that the “steam train sign is a universal sign of the Vienna Convention” and “one of the most well-known among drivers”.

And there are fears that the new modern train sign could be confused with the sign for trams.

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An AA spokesman said MailOnline today: “The problem with remote land crossings is that the decision to cross is more in the hands of road users and many either do not assess the speed of an oncoming train or carelessly try to undercut it.

“Those who work to a schedule, such as delivery drivers, might be tempted, although young drivers, locals who think they know how close they can make it and drivers unfamiliar with such intersections can be vulnerable .

“The new sign is trying to convey that sense of speed and therefore the need for greater caution when crossing the line. I think context is the key factor with this sign.

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“You don’t necessarily need it where there’s a controlled barrier or gate, and having it as a specific warning for one of those dangerous remote land crossings gives it its importance.

“It does not preclude other word marks to emphasize danger.”

The Department of Transport source told the Mail that they are “advising changes to signage at private level crossings”.

Further safety concerns have been raised due to the growing number of home deliverers using the crossings in recent years.

It comes after a parcel deliverer in Teynham, Kent, was seriously injured in October 2017 – after a train crashed into his van as it passed over tracks at a private junction.

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A subsequent investigation revealed the man was unfamiliar with the signage or safety procedures.

And in May 2014, a motorcyclist was struck and killed by a train approaching Frampton Mansell, Gloucestershire.

This sign means that there is a risk of touching the road

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This sign means that there is a risk of touching the roadCredit: n/a
The Department for Transport proposed a new sign to be installed at private level crossings after an overhaul for safety reasons

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The Department for Transport proposed a new sign to be installed at private level crossings after an overhaul for safety reasonsCredit: PA
This sign means that it is a level crossing without a barrier

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This sign means that it is a level crossing without a barrier

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