Network Rail has announced that the rail crossing on the Chestnut Grove footpath, in Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire, has reopened following a series of improvement works being completed.
Back in April 2021, a number of incidents took place at the railway crossing on the Chestnut Grove footpath, whereby the crossing was used incorrectly by pedestrians.
Fortunately, no accidents occurred, but the misuse of the crossing could have led to life-changing injuries or fatalities.
A review was conducted on the crossing to assess the possible changes that could be made to make the crossing safer.
Three main changes were made to the crossing to improve its safety, these are:
- Installing new white wicket gates to clearly show the beginning of the track
- Put the gates closer to the railway track – allowing greater visibility to allow anyone crossing to make better decisions on whether to cross
- Resurfacing of the cross walkway across the track
Route Level Crossing Manager, Vinny Briggs said: “This work has improved safety at Chestnut Grove level crossing, but it is crucial that people pay attention to the warning signs and use it correctly.
“Trains travel at up to 60mph on this line. They can’t stop quickly or swerve out of the way. Misusing the crossing, hanging around on the tracks or not paying attention can have tragic consequences.
“We know the community in Burton Joyce will welcome the reopening of the crossing. We will continue to monitor it and will take further action if needed.”
Gedling’s MP Tom Randall, said: “It was great to meet Network Rail this morning and to join Gedling Borough Trent Valley Councillors, Cllr Mike Adams and Cllr Sam Smith, and members of Burton Joyce Parish Council, for the re-opening of the rail crossing between the riverbank and the Nelson Pub in Burton Joyce, following its closure earlier in the year due to safety concerns.
“I am grateful to Network Rail for installing additional safety measures at the crossing, which will help to protect residents who are crossing while keeping it open for us to use. I urge all those using the crossing to please remain vigilant and stay safe when crossing.”
County Councillor Mike Adams and Councillor Sam Smith, who represent Burton Joyce on Nottinghamshire County Council and Gedling Borough Council, said: “We’re delighted to have joined with Network Rail and Tom Randall MP for the re-opening of the Nelson rail crossing this morning.
“Thanks to Network Rail for installing new safety measures, such as the extra gates and new surface, to help keep us all safe when crossing. So that we do not witness any further near misses or incidents on the track, we ask all crossing users to remain vigilant and stay safe when crossing.”
Councillor John Clarke, Leader of Gedling Borough Council, said: “I’m pleased to see these vital safety works completed and welcome these, and any additional safety improvements across the borough.
“I urge residents to take care around these areas and follow the safety guidance. I’d like to thank Network Rail for making this crossing easier to use, and safer for residents.”
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