The study, commissioned for International Level Crossing Day (Ilcad) on June 6, which this year is targeted at professional drivers, found 23% admitted that if they knew the train timetable and did not believe a train was due to arrive, they would drive over a level crossing.

The most common reasons cited for taking the risk was running late to make a delivery (12%) or a desire to finish work and get home early (16%), despite an overwhelming majority of drivers knowing that they are required to stop for the warning lights at level crossings.

Britain last year saw a 7% rise in the number of incidents at level crossings, causing more than 93,000 minutes of delays to rail journeys. While professional drivers were responsible for roughly about 10% of those incidents, they had greater impact resulting in more than 43,000 minutes of delay.

“We know that professional drivers have a number of time pressures, but it is important to always act safely at level crossings to keep both themselves and others from harm,” says NR head of passenger and public safety, Mr Allan Spence. “It only takes one mistake - such as presuming when trains will run from the timetable - to cause an incident that can harm both you and people on trains. We’ve installed a number of safety measures at level crossings to minimise the risks, including enforcement cameras at various crossings around the country.”