Your letters: Level crossing failures in Spalding

Would Network Rail act more swiftly if the default kept barriers open to road traffic?
Would Network Rail act more swiftly if the default kept barriers open to road traffic?
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It seems that, in case of an operating fault, the fail safe position for level crossings is that the gates remain closed – ie, they are closed to road traffic but open for trains.

It seems to me that this is the wrong default.

In the event of an operating fault, the gates should open for road traffic to cross and remain closed to trains, which would be automatically stopped by the signalling system.

Were this the case, Network Rail would very quickly demonstrate rather more urgency in fixing the faults which have so frequently brought Spalding to a lengthy standstill, and it would also give the company some real incentive to fix them permanently.

Colin Scott

Gedney Dyke