Railway crossing diversions drive motorists crazy

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Diversions where level crossings have been closed have been driving motorists in South Holland crazy.

Motorists were warned last week to expect disruptions from Friday at 8pm.

But heading for destinations across the district turned out to be more confusing than expected, including for reporter Chrissie Redford, who tried to get to Stamford for Sunday dinner, was diverted towards Peterborough and then ended up in Glinton where in despair she stopped at the Blue Bell for the best lunch out she had ever had.

Other readers on Facebook were not so happy about the diversions.

Amy Smith: “Very confusing and annoying!! Took me two-and-a-half hours to get home from Oakham on Sunday, which should’ve been an hour’s drive. Diversion signs were no help whatsoever!”

Nichola Baxter: “Where I wanted to go was just past the railway, but diversions were taking me out to Peterborough, then Crowland – and I still ended up the wrong side of where I wanted to be! Think they need to rethink the diversion. Taking me out of the way, to end up back to where the crossing was shut – I found this most helpful... not!”

Sue Carey: “To be honest, do they really care about the driver?

“When Network Rail close Littleworth Drove level crossing they seem to think one diversion sign with an arrow is enough. When I’ve come from Skegness, going to Market Deeping at my age I need more help. Going on the web is no help. I do try to plan, but when you contact them before the journey they both say ‘we do not have any information on the closure’.”

John William: “Why is it that when a person gets in a car they become brain dead.”

Janice Bennett: “Diverted traffic using Money Bridge Lane in West Pinchbeck which has no speed limit is at high speed, even articulated lorries. No thought to people living down here or anyone walking. Where are the police patrols? We rarely see a police car out here.”

Michelle Moffat: “ In the past year it feels like Gosberton Risegate Crossing is shut more than it has been open!”

Jonathan Rude-boy Barnett: “It’s a complete joke.”

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We are undertaking a huge amount of work in a relatively small amount of time during this phase of works. Over the course of two weeks, 15 level crossings will be modernised and 15 miles of new signalling will be installed. This work is all on target to be finished on 11 August.

“Overall, the GNGE line is receiving £280m of investment. Network Rail makes every effort to keep disruption to a minimum during such works, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused to passengers or road users. We thank the local community for their patience while this work is completed.

“All road diversions are carefully planned with the highways authority, which has the final approvals on the plans we propose. We do not install diversionary road signs.”

Half closure of traffic signals continues until Monday. Full closure then starts until Wednesday, when half closure resumes until 9pm on Monday. August 11.