Harvesting off track after rail disruption

The Littleworth crossing in Deeping St Nicholas which held up harvesting when the barriers stuck.
The Littleworth crossing in Deeping St Nicholas which held up harvesting when the barriers stuck.
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Farmers across South Holland are praying they have seen the last of the disruption that has seen faulty railway barriers delaying harvesting.

Julian Davis was taking a tractor load of grain to his yard in Spalding when railway barriers failed at the Littleworth crossing in Deeping St Nicholas on Thursday.

Mr Davis, who was harvesting oil seed rape on the Deeping St Nicholas side of the crossing, said: “I was stuck in a mile of traffic about 100 yards from the crossing and had to reverse the tractor and grain down a little entrance to a grass field to turn around.

“It meant a five or six mile detour to get to the yard in Spalding and you don’t want that when you are harvesting. Then on Saturday it happened again at South Drove.

“All of the farmers are concerned about it, but we can’t seem to get a satisfactory answer from Network Rail as to when the problem will be sorted.”

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We are aware of the disruption in recent weeks and apologise for the inconvenience caused to rail users and residents.

It meant a five or six mile detour to the yard in Spalding and you don’t want that when you are harvesting.

Julian Davis, farmer

“We are currently working to improve the reliability of the network in this area.”

Previously...

SPALDING BARRIERS: Another apology from Network Rail