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A level crossing in South East London is set to be closed after a number of safety incidents.
The Angerstein footpath level crossing, in Charlton, has been identified by Network Rail as the highest risk of 342 crossing on the Kent Route.
Used by almost 700 people a day, there have been a number of near misses recently, including children playing on the tracks, a number of trespass incidents, someone carrying a baby, and walking along the railway line to get to the next station.
Each near miss required the train driver to apply the emergency brakes.
An alternative route has been proposed by Network Rail involving a 240 metre diversion via Farmdale Road and Fairthorn Road.
The new route is also step-free so means that those currently unable to use the foot crossing will be able to do so.
Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s Route Director for Kent, said: “We have announced today our intention to close Angerstein level crossing near Charlton due to the safety risk it poses to users, passengers and our rail colleagues.
“Angerstein crossing is currently registered as the most dangerous of nearly 350 level crossings which we operate in Kent, with many incidents where drivers of trains had to apply their emergency brakes to avoid people on the track.
“The closure will not be immediate, and we will be in close communication with the local community about the alternative route which is chosen. We understand that many residents will be disappointed by this closure but their safety and that of passengers and rail colleagues is our priority.”
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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