Human Factors Research Group
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Cripps Crossing Safety Study 2021

We are conducting research that aims to improve safety at train stations, level crossings and road crossings. This research is being carried out as part of a Department for Transport (DfT) and Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) funded research project which aims to develop new, dynamic lighting/audio products to reduce risky behaviours in railway locations, including road crossings. As part of this work a new lighting product has been installed at a road crossing at the University of Nottingham, with the intention of improving pedestrian safety.

Please be informed that from April 2021 to May 2021 an observation study will take place in these locations. During this time, you may be video recorded so that we can study people’s movements in the locations. 



Privacy & confidentiality of data 

We are taking the following measures to ensure that you remain anonymous and that data is collected, stored and processed confidentially:

  • The recordings from video cameras are collected in a secure format and are viewed and analysed by members of the research team at the University of Nottingham. Images will only be reported in an anonymised format (faces/driver registration number blurred out) for the purposes of this research. However, if we are aware that a serious incident has occurred or if the recordings are requested by the relevant authorities (e.g. campus security) in response to events at the location, then we may be obliged to pass on copies of the recordings in their raw format to the relevant authorities. 
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·   The researchers are making notes about the behaviours of people using the crossing. We will not write down anything that could identify you.

·    You are invited to answer a questionnaire about your experiences at the study locations. You will not be put under any pressure to participate.

·      All data will be stored and processed according to the GDPR 2018 (please click here for the University of Nottingham’s general privacy notices or see below.

·    Data will be used in internal project reports, documents for funding bodies and we may publish our findings, for example, in magazines, newspapers, journals or books but you will not be identified in any of these. We may also talk about our findings at conferences or with people in the rail industry, such as our funders, Network Rail and train operating companies. This could involve some descriptive detail, such as whether or not we noticed particular types of behaviour. We will ensure that any descriptions would not in any way enable your identity to be determined, or the identity of any other individual involved. No images, footage or data containing identifying features or other personal information will be published.

·     Anonymised data might also be analysed by students at the University of Nottingham as part of their studies. It will not be possible for these students to identify anyone from the data.

·     The study takes place with the agreement of the University of Nottingham and our sponsors and project partners (DfT, RSSB, Network Rail, Urban Control, DW Windsor); however, the study is designed and run entirely by the Human Factors Research Group and their project partners. No other organisations will be able to access our raw data.  This raw data will not even be shared with our project partners.

·       Ethical approval has been given by the University Of Nottingham Faculty Of Engineering.

·       Findings will be processed by the Human Factors Research Group at the University of Nottingham.

·     Data will be stored and processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Act 2018, with the exception   that, in the unlikely event that we capture an incident on this platform, for example a criminal act or an accident,   we would be obliged to submit our footage/data to the relevant authorities.

Before releasing personal data, we will ensure that the data is being provided to a genuine and properly authorised investigation. Many police forces have standard forms for requesting personal information. This should be provided in writing, signed by a senior officer (usually Inspector or above), and should provide, a clear indication that the Police are confident that they are working within the framework of the DPA and will satisfy all relevant DPA requirements, clarification on whether informing the individual about the disclosure would prejudice the investigation, a clear description of the specific information that is requested.

In the absence of a statutory duty to disclose personal information to the Police, any disclosure would need to be supported by either the explicit consent of the individual concerned or be sufficiently in the public interest to warrant the disclosure.


You can withdraw from the study at any point up until the researchers begin to analyse the data. At that point the data will be included in project reports and academic communications but you will not be identifiable in any way. There are no penalties for withdrawing from the study, or for not participating at all. You can opt-out of this study by contacting the researchers using the details below.

We very much value your contributions to the study. If you have any questions or would like to opt-out of the study, please contact the researchers using the details below:

Madeline Hallewell,Human Factors Research Group, University of Nottingham:,

Thank you for your cooperation.

Key contacts:

Madeline Hallewell:

Brendan Ryan:


We invite you to participate in a survey about your experience at this crossing, please see the link here for further information and to participate.

Human Factors Research Group

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham

Telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4040