Shocking CCTV footage has shown the lengths one woman went to earlier this year to avoid waiting at the notorious Lincoln High Street level crossing, with almost disastrous consequences.
The Network Rail video from January 2016 sees the woman make a frenzied bid to cross the rail line as the barriers are about to come down, with the red lights flashing.
However, the woman loses her balance after tripping over in the middle of the tracks, before staggering forward and landing face first on the pavement, luckily just the other side of the barriers.
Concerned onlookers immediately came to the aid of the woman, who remained flat out on the floor for the rest of the video.
The train passes through the barriers into Lincoln Central station about 90 seconds after the fall, with the woman still appearing to be motionless.
Rob McIntosh, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “Safety on the railway is our absolute priority and building a footbridge on this scale in such a heavily used and built up area has presented lots of challenges, but we have never wavered in our commitment to deliver this footbridge to separate pedestrians and cyclists from trains at High Street level crossing.
“What we need now is for people to use it, to make it part of their daily routine, and not take a chance by running over the crossing when the barriers are closing.”