Barrier fault at Spalding level crossing is ‘mockery’

The level crossing at Woolram Wygate, Spalding, which failed again on Monday.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
The level crossing at Woolram Wygate, Spalding, which failed again on Monday. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A Spalding councillor has accused rail managers of “mocking” the town with “grand incompetence” after another level crossing failure this week.

Coun Jack McLean, South Holland District Council member for Spalding St John’s, was speaking after a fault with the barriers at Woolram Wygate (Mill Green) level crossing, Spalding, just after 2pm on Monday.

Network Rail engineers later carried out repairs after what was described as “a fault with the crossing itself”.

It is the third time Network Rail has been called out to problems at Woolram Wygate level crossing after previous failures in March and June.

Coun McLean, chairman of Spalding Town Forum, said: “I reserve an unparalleled (disdain) for Network Rail’s performance over the last year.

“Rightly, we feel mocked and it is as though we are to accept their grand incompetence as the norm.

Rightly, we feel mocked and it is as though we are to accept their (Network Rail’s) grand incompetence as the norm - this latest lapse only further grinds us down

Coun Jack McLean, South Holland District Council member for Spalding St John’s and chairman of Spalding Town Forum

“This latest lapse only further grinds us down but, for what it is worth to those impacted by their failings, we are doing all we can.

“The Town Forum will continue to send invites, raise concerns and make recommendations (to Network Rail) while, in addition, (examining and carrying out) scrutiny over their failings.”

Shortly after the fault was reported, a Network Rail spokesman said: “There is a fault with the crossing itself which is causing the lights to be permanently showing red to road traffic.

“Our engineers are on their way there now so I am expecting it to be resolved as soon as possible.

“We are also sending a team out to the crossing to act as attendants to keep traffic flowing and they should be there before 5pm.

“We do, of course, apologise for this to anyone caught up in it who has been delayed this afternoon.”

Spalding Guardian readers were equally critical of Network Rail and one message posted on our Spalding Today website said: “What good is an apology from Network Rail?

“Something is always going wrong and they are always apologising.

“Apologies mean nothing now, empty words.”

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