Spotlight on railway crossings

Senior officials from Iarnrod Eireann and the Railway Safety Commission are holding discussions on the safety of non-automated railway crossings in rural areas this week. The meetings follow the death of a man at a non-automated crossing in County Mayo recently.   Iarnrod Eireann say that they will meet with local people who want the automation programme speeded up. The company say that there are still over 200 level crossings throughout the country where motorists have to open and close gates. The company also say that it costs in excess of €1 million to automate each railway crossing.   Iarnrod Eireann say that they have already carried out automation work on 98 crossings at a cost of €120 million and they say that they will be spending €10 million on that project in 2008 alone.