Mr Armitt said: "Too many people die at level crossings
every year - it is a senseless waste of life.
Recently three girls passed through a gap in the level crossing
just seconds before an oncoming train.
He said that migration of rural population to towns, reduction of agricultural land near cities and their conversion into dwelling units, increase in vehicles number and the growing intolerance among the public primarily owing to inflation and unemployment were the main causes of rise in accidents at the unmanned level crossings
To a question, they informed that more than 100 people including school children, women and men have lost their lives and 160 sustained injuries in around 800 accidents at manned and unmanned level crossings
all over the country during last five years.
MP Jo Cox hears residents' concerns over the level crossing
It aims to close 750 level crossings
across Britain for safety.
NETWORK Rail is shutting 500 of the most dangerous level crossings
after nine people died on them last year.
METRO owners Nexus have fitted cameras at two level crossings
to catch drivers who run through stop signs when trains are approaching.
The Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP said: "I am relieved that we will soon see public safety at Scotland's level crossings
improved dramatically through this measure.
Unfortunately the reliance on 'when trains run according to the public timetable', is a common feature of some rural level crossing
Between January and September this year there were over 2,600 incidents reported at level crossings
- although rail bosses believe the actual figure may be much higher.
Network Rail has launched a televison and radio advertising campaign that illustrates in graphic detail the tragic consequences of misusing level crossings
by motorists and pedestrians.