Consultation on new ORR guidance on Principles of Level Crossing Safety

Consultation status
Conclusions published
Date of publication
Closing date

We sought views on a new draft guidance publication 'Principles for managing level crossing safety'. 

Consultation outcome

Following this consulation we have published "Principles for managing level crossing safety"

The consultation did not identify that any significant changes to the guidance were required. We used the feedback provided by consultees to refine the guidance and to update the information we provide on our website on level crossings.

January 2021 consultation

This document is designed to support the assessment and control of risks at level crossings. It provides a resource for anyone involved in level crossing safety, those whose activities impact on level crossing safety, and users of level crossings.

It follows a principles approach which ORR uses for other similar publications on railway health and safety. It does not place obligations on people, but it supports the design, management and operation of level crossings on mainline and non-mainline railways. 

Our aim is to replace the existing ORR guidance 'Level Crossings: a Guide for Managers, Designers and Operators, Railway Safety Publication 7', with this new publication and updated web-pages. 

Separately, and not as part of this consultation, we will also produce real-life examples (case studies) to support the guidance and illustrate how the principles can be applied in practice at different types of level crossing. We will also produce new guidance on the level crossing order process and ensure that all our information on level crossings has been reviewed.  

We welcome comments on the content of the document and views on how helpful it will be as an aid to managing risk at level crossings. It would be very helpful if you could consider the questions we have asked in the consultation document.

The draft guidance publication 'Principles for managing level crossing safety' is available.

Publishing your response

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We plan to publish all responses to this consultation on our website.

Should you wish for any information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that this may be subject to publication, or release to other parties or to disclosure, in accordance with the access to information regimes. These regimes are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR,) the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Under the FOIA, there is a statutory code of practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this, if you are seeking confidentiality for information you are providing, please explain why. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information, we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on ORR.

If you are seeking to make a response in confidence, we would also be grateful if you would annex any confidential information, or provide a non-confidential summary, so that we can publish the non-confidential aspects of your response.

Any personal data you provide to us will be used for the purposes of this consultation and will be handled in accordance with our privacy notice which sets out how we comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018.


In responding to this consultation you consent to us:

  • handling your personal data for the purposes of this consultation;
  • publishing your response on our website (unless you have indicated to us that you wish for your response to be treated as confidential as set out above.)

Your consent to either of the above can be withdrawn at any time. Further information about how we handle your personal data and your rights is set out in our privacy notice.

Format of responses

So that we are able to apply web standards to content on our website, we would prefer that you email us your response either in Microsoft Word format or OpenDocument Text (.odt) format. ODT files have a fully open format and do not rely on any specific piece of software.

If you send us a PDF document, please:

  • create it directly from an electronic word-processed file using PDF creation software (rather than as a scanned image of a printout); and
  • ensure that the PDF's security method is set to no security in the document properties.