More level crossing misery in Spalding

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It’s almost a month since the Free Press told Network Rail another ‘sorry’ would not be good enough if the railway barriers failed again, but last week there was more misery for motorists.

Both Park Road and Woolram Wygate (Mill Green) level crossings were down from about 5.30am on Friday, causing mounting anger among commuters after a similar problem at Littleworth level crossing in Deeping St Nicholas the day before.

These most recent crossing failures are a great disappointment to us after reassurance was sought from Network Rail following the May incidents. We must take our concerns to the highest level and insist upon speedy resolution to these problems.

Coun Elizabeth Sneath

There was also a problem with the crossing at South Drove on Saturday.

A Network Rail spokesman said on Friday: “The barriers were locked in the closed position to road traffic at Mill Green and Park Road crossing at just before 5.30am due to an axle counter failure.

“When this piece of equipment fails, trains cannot be detected and the barrier closes to protect road users and pedestrians.”

Last month the Free Press asked Siemens, who supply the axle counters, to answer why the system, part of a £280million upgrade of the railway between Doncaster and Peterborough, was failing. A spokesman said on Friday: “We are still investigating the issues at these crossings and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

Spalding Elloe ward councillor Elizabeth Sneath said: “These most recent crossing failures are a great disappointment to us after reassurance was sought from Network Rail following the May incidents. We must take our concerns to the highest level and insist upon speedy resolution to these continued problems.”

Previously...

SPALDING BARRIERS: Another apology from Network Rail