WORK starts today to help prevent a Selby-type disaster happening on railway lines near a North-East town.

Darlington Borough Council is spending £5,000 on fencing and barriers to make a road bridge over railway tracks at Brafferton safer.

The Selby crash in 2001 was caused when a vehicle and trailer plunged on to the line at Great Heck, causing a passenger and freight rain to collide.

The tragedy prompted a campaign by The Northern Echo, highlighting concerns that many bridge barriers are not adequate.

After the incident, a number of local authorities in the North-East pledged to carry out work on road bridges - despite confusion over who should foot the bill.

As well as the work at Brafferton, Darlington council has pledged to start two other projects in the next month, but a decision on which bridges will be targeted has yet to be made.

Read more about the Railway Bridges campaign here.