So Network Rail, is the maintenance going well?

Tuesday at 1.30pm: Not a workman in sight.Photo: SG170112-22MD
Tuesday at 1.30pm: Not a workman in sight.Photo: SG170112-22MD
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NO show and dead slow Network Rail has had another kick up the backside with district councillor Gary Taylor telling them to “get on with it” as they set out to upgrade the level crossing in Spalding’s Woolram Wygate.

Traffic was flowing freely over the crossing on Monday morning – the first day of the advertised six-week closure.

Traffic barriers were up by Monday afternoon. But there was no sign of any real work being done and the picture was just as quiet on Tuesday and yesterday morning.

Coun Taylor lives next to the crossing and said yesterday the closure had been on for two-and-a-half days and no one had begun to install the new barriers.

He said: “Network Rail should just get on with it. I have seen some cones go up and some lights go on the cones but no actual work. It’s a major Spalding junction. Thousands of vehicles use that road.”

Coun Taylor said Wygate Park residents have complained to him that too few people on the estate were informed of the closure by Network Rail.

He had a letter himself but residents living just one street away hadn’t received a thing.

Coun Taylor says the diversion route is taking a hammering both from the volume of traffic and the weight of heavy lorries using it and the crossing work should be done as quickly as possible.

• One resident said there are roadworks at the Park Road junction with Pinchbeck Road, which is badly timed as they are on the diversion route.

• Network Rail has contacted the Spalding Guardian today (Thursday) to reiterate the apology for the inconvenience which it issued to go with the initial story we published about the work.