UPDATE SATURDAY 12.45PM: Rail signal fault causes more traffic mayhem in Spalding

Gridlock on Winsover Road because of a level crossing problem at Woolram Wygate on Friday.
Gridlock on Winsover Road because of a level crossing problem at Woolram Wygate on Friday.
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Gridlock-hit drivers in Spalding have vented their anger at Network Rail for bringing more traffic chaos to the town for the second time this week.

Rush-hour motorists were caught in jams along Pinchbeck Road and Woolram Wygate for more than four hours yesterday because of a problem with level crossing barriers at Woolram Wygate.

The scene at the junction of Pinchbeck Road and Woolram Wygate when a level crossing problem developed on Monday.

The scene at the junction of Pinchbeck Road and Woolram Wygate when a level crossing problem developed on Monday.

The problems started at about 3pm, bringing vehicles to a standstill on Winsover Road as well while travelling home from picking up school children or work.

A message on social media website Spotted Spalding from Fay Deacon said: “Nightmare trying to do collections on time in my postie van - why did they have to fix what wasn’t broken in the first place?”

Another message posted by Jakki Mayes said: “They have got to sort out this train crossing nightmare - it’s nearly every day,

“Is anyone looking into the problem?”

Network Rail engineers were at the scene yesterday repairing the fault and a spokesman said: “I understand it was a technical issue with the barrier.”

A similar fault at the same level crossing, as well as Park Road rail junction, at about 6pm on Monday wasn’t repaired until 4.30am the next day.

FRIDAY 6.45PM: More travel chaos in Spalding after crossing fault

Drivers faced more traffic chaos in Spalding after a level crossing in the town failed for the second time this week.

Traffic jams built up on roads approaching Woolram Wygate from Pinchbeck Road on Friday afternoon due to a fault in equipment that detects trains on the line.

Network Rail engineers came to the site to repair the fault after a previous problem happened between 6pm on Monday and 4.30am on Tuesday.

Denise Vickers, who has been caught in both hold-ups, said today: “It’s an absolute disgrace and this time there’s no evidence of police assistance.

“I saw residents directing traffic as cars coming from both directions on Pinchbeck Road were forced to merge into one lane, rather than two.

“This is now the fourth or fifth time something like this happened and Network Rail needs to act now to stop it happening again.”

A Network Rail spokesman said: “There are currently engineers on site looking at the level crossing and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”