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Heart-stopping video shows Southeastern train just seconds from hitting cyclists

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Alarming footage released by Network Rail has shown two Southeastern trains having to make emergency stops to avoid hitting cyclists in Kent.

The two near misses took place just outside Rochester and Deal and have prompted rail bosses to warn the public about the danger of not obeying to a red light.

One of the incidents saw a group of four cyclists ignoring the red light and crossing the tracks despite a train being just hundreds of meters up the track.

Even with the abrupt stop, the train only missed one of the cyclists by a few seconds.

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The behaviour has been described as ‘senselessly idiotic’ by the British Transport Police.

Another incident at the Ripple crossing in Deal showed a cyclist ignoring the red light and crossing the train track while still on his bike.

Again, the driver of the Southeastern train had to make an emergency stop after spotting the cyclist on the track.

Network Rail Head of Route Quality Health Safety & Environment, Vincent van der Hoeven, said: “I’m really saddened by the attitude of these adult cyclists in two recent incidents.

The cyclist who crossed the tracks despite a red light

“People often assume that misusing level crossings is something young people do, but these were adults who must be fully aware that crossing in front of a train poses not just a danger to them but to the driver and passengers of the approaching train as well.

The shocking footage comes a week after a report revealed a 38% increase in youth trespass incidents in South East London and Kent.

Inspector Jon Pine from the British Transport Police added: “In nearly twenty years of policing I have seen few examples of such senselessly idiotic behaviour on a level crossing.

“These cyclists clearly had absolutely no regard for their own safety or that of others – and I speak from experience when I say we could have easily been dealing with the catastrophic consequences.

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