Cameras installed at tramway crossing

PUBLISHED: 14:59 03 September 2015

Pictured at the crossing (l to r) Keith Mitchell, tram car inspector; PC Steve Lee  and Lee Taylor, engineering and operations manager Seaton Tramway nspect the new CCTV installation Picture: SUBMITTED

Pictured at the crossing (l to r) Keith Mitchell, tram car inspector; PC Steve Lee and Lee Taylor, engineering and operations manager Seaton Tramway nspect the new CCTV installation Picture: SUBMITTED

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Police crackdown on red light jumpers after car hits tram at the Colyford road crossing

Cameras have been installed on the tramway crossing near Colyford following a serious collision last April.

New safety measures have been introduced following the crash in which a car jumped red lights, resulting in serious damage but no injuries.

Now Seaton Tramway operators are urging motorists to use ‘extreme caution’ when approaching the level crossing on the A3052 in a bid to avoid a repeat of the accident.

Jenny Nunn, CEO of the popular tourist attraction, said: “The message must be clear to all road users that not stopping at a level crossing when red lights and audible alarms are sounding is not only a dangerous thing to do, but also an offence for which the individual can ultimately be prosecuted.”

Devon and Cornwall Police are working closely with the tramway and have confirmed that enforcement will be taking place within the area in the near future and offenders could face prosecution.

PC Steve Lee said: “I would like to advise motorists who contravene the warning signs and lights at the Colyford tram crossing that they not only put their own lives at risk, but also those of their passengers and the occupants of the tram.

“They are committing an offence contrary to section 36 of the Road Traffic Act and enforcement will take place in the locality in the future. Upon conviction a court may impose a substantial financial penalty of up to £1,000. If, as a consequence of dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention, a fatality occurred, the maximum penalty is 14 years in prison.”


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