Life In 360°: Level Headed (Part Two)

Following on from our Life In 360° entry on Wednesday we’re continuing to look at a series of safety videos that have been produced on behalf of Network Rail – which is in charge of the looking after most of the infrastructure that makes up the railway network across the UK (sans Northern Ireland).

The videos are part of an £100 million (GBP) drive by Network Rail in order to improve the safety of level crossings throughout the country. It’s a necessity in part due to the history of the railway itself.

“There are around 6,000 level crossings in Britain – a legacy of a railway built 150 years ago when there were fewer and slower trains, and no cars on the road.” Explains Network Rail on their campaign portal. “We have a national safety awareness and improvements programme investing in closing and upgrading level crossings, alongside a safety awareness campaign aimed at specific user groups. Every day level crossings protect us from harm when crossing one of the busiest rail networks in the world. If Britain was building the railway now, we wouldn’t have any level crossings.”

“We’ve closed over 1,000 crossings successfully in the past seven years. We’ve also developed new technology to help people use level crossings safely. How users decide whether it’s safe to cross is critical, so we also run campaigns to improve understanding and encourage safe use.”

As with those on Wednesday, please be aware that the videos do contain some content people may find distressing.

Episode 4 – Impatience

Gated crossings are there for some farm vehicles, and they do mean you have to check whether or not it is safe – but if they’re not, they’re not.

Episode 5 – Worth The Risk

If you’re driving a car and try and ‘nip across’ a crossing before the train comes as you think you’ve got the time, you’re gambling your life and the lives of those with you.

Episode 6 – Keep A Clear Head

Keeping a night out going doesn’t mean you need to start taking risks with your life over it.

Episode 7 – Take A Hike

It’s not just those in towns and villages that need to be wary of their surroundings, ramblers do as well.

VRFocus will be back next week with more examples of people and companies using 360 degree video. Have a good, and safe, weekend.