Prince Edward Street Railway Crossing

Map indicating location of Prince Edward Street railway crossingTo improve the safety of the travelling public, local municipalities and railway authorities are partnering to add new safety features to the Prince Edward Street (County Road 64) Railway Crossing in Brighton, Ontario. 

These enhancements are being made in response to: 

  • A steady increase in traffic in this area
  • Frequency and speed of passing trains
  • Increased pedestrian usage of the crossing
  • Proximity to residential areas

With a community on the go, these new safety features will provide all road users with clearer direction for a safer way to go about their day. 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Work originally planned for Thursday, January 19, to finalize safety enhancements at the Prince Edward Street railways crossing has been postponed until a later date. Prince Edward St will remain open with no impacts to motorists or pedestrians.  Northumberland County and the Municipality of Brighton remain firmly committed to implementing the enhanced safety features at this busy crossing. The County is working with our railway partners to reschedule a date to complete the final phase of construction. Future updates will be issued once a date has been confirmed. 

New safety features for drivers

  • A change from two areas to cross the tracks down to one (no stopping between the tracks)
  • New signage and pavement markings

New safety features for pedestrians

There continues to be two separate crossings for pedestrians, with new safety features including:

  • New signage and pavement markings
  • Installation of pedestrian railings along with flashers, bells and gates
  • Sidewalk widening on both approaches to the tracks

Rail safety tips

Stay safe around railway tracks and trains by following these important tips from Operation Lifesaver:

Stay off the tracks
Never walk, cycle or drive along railway tracks. It’s hard to judge how far away a train is or what speed it’s travelling at. Trains can go as fast as 160 km/h and can take up to 2 km to come to a complete stop. That’s the length of 18 football fields.
Keep off railway property
Railway yards, tunnels and bridges are all private property. If you are caught trespassing on them, you could be fined up to $50,000. But it isn’t just illegal to trespass on railway property—it’s extremely dangerous. Railway tunnels and bridges are often only slightly wider than the rails, leaving little or no room for you if a train does come along.
Use designated railway crossings
Always cross railway tracks at designated crossings. Trying to cross tracks anywhere else could be deadly. Remember, trains can come at any time, from either direction, and on any track. They also don’t always run on a set schedule.
Obey all railway signs and signals
Obey all railway signs and warning devices, such as lights, bells and gates. Before proceeding through a crossing, look both ways and listen for approaching trains. If a train is coming, or railway warning signals are activated, stop behind any gates or stop lines—or no closer than 5 metres away from the nearest rail —and wait for the train to pass. Cross only after the warning signals have ceased and you are certain no other trains are approaching, from either direction, and on any track.
Stay alert
You can’t avoid getting struck by a train if you can’t hear it or see it coming. Today’s trains are extremely quiet, so don’t be distracted by cell phones or other devices when in the vicinity of a railway crossing. Although trains sound their whistles at most crossings, or in the case of an emergency, you won’t hear the warning if you are wearing headphones.
Keep your distance
Trains can overhang the tracks by as much as 1 metre on each side. They can also carry loads that are wider than the railway cars themselves. So, stay clear. You could also get hit by chains, straps or other equipment swinging loose from the train if you are too close. 

Look, Listen, Live road sign with icon of train

Safety is a shared responsibility. When approaching any railway crossing, always remember to:

  • Slow down
  • Be prepared to stop
  • Look in both directions
  • Listen for oncoming trains before proceeding through the crossing, even if the gates are up and the signals are off
  • In other words, Stop, Look, Listen, and Live!

Operation Lifesaver offers helpful handouts for general rail safetydrivers, kids, cyclists, farm machinery operators and more. Visit their website for a full list of resources

Additional resources

This project is made possible in partnership with: 

Logos for CN, Government of Canada, Municipality of Brighton, and Operation Lifesaver