THE NIGERIAN public is at great risk at level crossings, claims a recent article in the Lagos Vanguard, because the country's railways have been run down to the extent that trains are rarely seen.

'A moving train is a strange sight in most parts of the country ... The trains are irregular and most motorists are even unaware that they still operate.' Even members of the public who can remember trains still expect attendants at urban crossings to warn of a train's approach, but these attendants 'have long since disappeared'.