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A footpath level crossing at Burton Joyce in Nottinghamshire has been closed temporarily after numerous incidents of misuse.
In the last two years, there have been 16 near-miss incidents at the Chestnut Grove crossing on the line between Nottingham and Newark.
Trains can travel on the section of line at speeds of up to 60mph and these 16 incidents could have had fatal or life-changing consequences.
Another incident last weekend meant that Network Rail took the decision to close the crossing temporarily.
Improvement works had already been planned for the crossing this summer. Wicket gates will be installed nearer to the line, which will make it easier for people to decide if it is safe to cross.
The surface of the crossing will also be improved along with the installation of CCTV, which will help monitor the crossing to see if further action is needed.
Network Rail have a page dedicated to level crossing safety for pedestrians you can view that here on their website.
Vinny Briggs, Route Level Crossing Manager, said: “Safety is our main priority and over the last few years we’ve worked to balance this with the needs of the community in Burton Joyce. We’ve seen too many incidents at Chestnut Grove footpath level crossing where people have misjudged or misused it and we have taken the decision to close it.”
“It’s never safe to hang around on a level crossing or trespass on the tracks. Some people don’t seem to realise just how much danger they are putting themselves in.”
“Once the level crossing reopens, it is vital that people concentrate, pay attention to the warning signs and cross safely and directly.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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