The Law Commission is the statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law under review and to recommend reform where it is needed. The aim of the Commission is to ensure that the law is:
A Transport Select Committee report on Safety at Level Crossings has offered its broad support for the Law Commissions’ recommendations for reform of the law relating to level crossings.
Responding to the report, Law Commissioner Nicholas Paines QC said: “We welcome the Select Committee’s support for our recommendations for reform, which we made, jointly with the Scottish Law Commission, in our 2013 report, Level Crossings.
“There are between 7,500 and 8,000 level crossings on the railway network in Great Britain. They can cause considerable inconvenience to drivers, pedestrians and other users and, every year, accidents on level crossings lead to death and serious injury.
“If implemented, our reforms would improve the safety and convenience of level crossings for all those people who use them. They would:
• modernise and simplify the health and safety regulation of level crossings
• create a new, more streamlined system for closing level crossings in the public interest, and
• clarify the law relating to rights of way across railways.
“We look forward to receiving Government’s response to our recommendations.”