Scotland

Rail crossing barrier upgrade under way in the Highlands

Work to improve safety at open level crossings across the Highlands is under way.

It comes as an investigation has been launched into a crash at an unmanned level crossing in south west Scotland on Sunday.

The Highland upgrading programme, which should be completed by the end of 2014, started at Corpach.

Earlier this year Network Rail confirmed all railway level crossings in Scotland are to get safety barriers.

There are 23 open level crossings in Scotland, most of them in the Highlands. The first stage of the work covers Corpach, Brora, Kirkton and Dalchalm.

In September 2009, three members of the same family died when their car was struck by a train at Halkirk in Caithness.

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