An “axle counter failure” was to blame for level crossing barriers being stuck in the down position yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.
A spokesman for Network Rail said today (Sunday): “There was an axle counter failure, which caused the barriers to fail and they failed in the ‘down’ position as they should because obviously that’s the safe position.”
The company said it sent a team of technicians to rectify the fault.
Spalding has suffered months of misery with repeated failures of axle counters, which are there to say a train is coming, but Network Rail has begun replacing them.
Saturday: Spalding Police said on Twitter a few minutes ago that the level crossing barriers had reopened on the town’s Winsover Road.
The barriers went down just after 3pm and stayed down for almost an hour-and-a-half.
• Network Rail is in the dock for its failure to meet councillors to explain the problems in Spalding, including the failures where barriers stay down and also the number of freight trains coming through Spalding and the lengthy barrier “down time” to accommodate them.
See Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press for the full story.