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Public-images-osm logo.svg railway = level_crossing
Level crossing - Chertsey - England - 270404.jpg
A crossing between a railway and a road. Edit or translate this description.
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Level crossing.svg
Group: Railways
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Status: approvedPage for proposal


A level crossing (where a road crosses a railway on the same level - i.e. without a bridge). Some have barriers or gates that are either automatic or manually operated. The automatic ones usually have warning mechanisms - flashing red lights or bells (or both). Some crossings do not have barriers, just the warning lights. Manually operated ones are either operated by the rail company or by the crossing user. If the latter, it may be a requirement to telephone the signal box to check it's safe to cross with a vehicle or farm animals before any gate is opened.


Use this tag on a node node. The node should be the one common to both the highway and the railway.

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