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18.10.13

Safety boost at Spondon level crossing

A level crossing awareness event was held yesterday in Derby to improve safety for vehicles driving across the railway. 

The event was held by local councillors and Network Rail at Spondon level crossing, which is “notorious” for cars speeding on the approach to the crossing and driving on the wrong side of the road to access the nearby housing estate. 

Liz Ready, community safety manager for Network Rail said: “We take level crossing safety very seriously and I’d like to thank everyone that got involved in our level crossing awareness event yesterday, it was a huge success. We received a positive response from drivers and pedestrians alike. 

“Network Rail will continue to work with Derby City Council to improve visibility and safety of our crossings as well as working with the local community and schools to raise awareness of railway and level crossing safety.” 

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Malcolm Tunley MIRSE.   18/10/2013 at 18:08

I wrote to Network Rail requesting them to investigate the operation of this crossing which I installed a number years ago having observed the barriers being down an overly long period on 4 October and after speaking to the crossing operator and being advised by him it was nothing to do with me as he was the operator and he slammed phone down. I have been requested a number times by locals using the crossing why these barriers seem to now being kept down regularly for long periods with no trains passing through. It is possible that the current operation of these barriers may be contributing to the motorists racing the barriers as the needs of road users are being dis-regarded. I am awaiting a reply from Network Rail to my request for them to investigate the operation of this crossing

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