Waterbeach train cyclist 'near miss': Woman talks to police

The cyclist came within a whisker of being hit by the train

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A woman has told police she was the cyclist who came within inches of being struck by a train after dodging a level crossing barrier.

The cyclist was filmed passing the closed barrier and ignoring warning signals and lights at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire on 12 September.

Rail bosses described it as "one of the closest near misses we've seen".

British Transport Police (BTP) said it had cancelled its appeal and would speak with her "on a voluntary basis".

Hundreds of thousands of people have watched footage of the woman cycling up to the tracks before slamming on her brakes, and edging backwards as the train sped past.

'Extremely rare'

The driver of the train needed to apply the emergency brake when he saw her, operator Greater Anglia said.

Moments later the woman was seen mopping her brow before cycling off in the direction she had come from.

More than 100 trains travel through the Waterbeach crossing each day, at speeds up to 75mph (120km/h).

A woman contacted transport police on Thursday, following the release of CCTV images of the incident earlier this week.

She will be speaking to BTP officers on 9 October.

Since 1 January, there have been 70 reported incidents at level crossings in Cambridgeshire, a BTP spokesman said.

However, he added that incidents like this one were "extremely rare".

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