Dramatic footage of a cyclist coming within inches of being killed by a train have prompted fresh warnings about the dangers of level crossings.
The near-miss was filmed by trackside cameras and CCTV on board trains as they passed the Ducketts level crossing in Pudsey, Leeds, in the summer.
The man is seen pushing his bike across the tracks as soon as one train passes, after another man opens the gate for him, but he fails to spot a second train coming in the other direction and it passes him with inches to spare.
Network Rail and British Transport Police (BTP) said the incident on the Leeds to Bradford line was “horrifying”.
They said the crossing, which has 127 trains per day passing at speeds up to 60mph, has seen 18 worrying incidents in the last year and a half, and the two organisations have also released footage of children trespassing at the crossing and a near-miss with a car from 2013.
They said other incidents included the phones at the crossing being left off the hook, the crossing gates being left open and drivers entering the crossing while the red warning lights are on.
BTP Chief Inspector Lorna McEwan said: “This cyclist was one of the lucky ones. Sadly there are many people who have not been as fortunate, and I have had the heart-breaking job of telling families that their loved ones have been killed at crossings or on the tracks.
“Despite our constant warnings about using crossings safely and the dangers of the railway, incredibly some people are still willing to put their lives on the line by ignoring crossing instructions, not looking properly or by trying to dash across crossings when trains are approaching.”