29 SEP 2017

Therese Marks Rail Safety Week with Message on Halesworth Crossing

Therese is marking Rail Safety Week with a message to users of Halesworth crossing that everyone needs to use the crossing safely or it will be closed.

Network Rail's planned closure of the barrow crossing at Halesworth was put on hold last year thanks to the vigorous campaign and the strength of feeling among local residents. Instead of closing the crossing, Network Rail installed gates with additional safety warnings giving instructions to wait until a train has cleared the platform before crossing. However, people continue to misuse the crossing with recent Network Rail figures showing that the crossing was misused on 278 occasions during a week in June with most breaches due to people walking behind or in front of stationery trains.

Therese said: "Bringing the Chief Rail Inspector to Halesworth to see for himself was key to keeping the crossing open, but it was on the basis that people used it properly and to stop crossing when trains were present. My message this Rail Safety Week is to please use the crossing properly or else we will lose it entirely."

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