Friday 30 Nov 2018
Dingwall Level Crossing upgrades delivered
The safety of train passengers, pedestrians and motorists has been improved by the completion of work to upgrade two Level Crossings in Dingwall.
Dingwall Middle and Dingwall No. 1 have both been upgraded to full barrier crossings, which include traffic lights, two single lane barriers on each side of the crossing (four barriers in total) and an object detection system which scans the crossing to check it is clear.
Previously, Dingwall Middle crossing on Newton Road, was protected by a single barrier on each carriageway. Dingwall No.1, on Craig Road, was an open crossing, with no barriers. Both have been subject to trespass incidents and close calls.
Advance work on both crossings was carried out during the summer. The final installation and testing work required road closures leading up to the final installation, testing and commissioning, which took place over two separate weekends in November and was completed this week.
Lindsay Saddler, Infrastructure Director, said: “These level crossing upgrades represent a significant improvement for rail and road safety in Dingwall.
“Our consultation work with the local community earlier this year indicated support for these improvements and we are delighted that the work was completed as planned with minimal disruption for the community.”
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