Friday 11 Jun 2021
Network Rail reopens Nottinghamshire footpath crossing after improvement work
Network Rail has reopened Chestnut Grove footpath crossing in Burton Joyce after completing vital improvement work.
The crossing temporarily closed in April following repeated misuse incidents, which could have resulted in fatal or life-changing consequences.
Teams have installed new wicket gates closer to the railway, making it easier for people using the crossing to make a decision on whether it is safe to cross. The crossing surface has also been improved.
Vinny Briggs, Route Level Crossing Manager, 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.”
It is vital that people use level crossings safely:
- Concentrate – it’s easy to get distracted, especially by phones, music and conversation.
- Stop, look and listen. Follow signs and instructions.
- Check both ways before crossing – if there is a train coming, don’t cross.
- Understand the warnings (lights, barriers, alarms).
- Cross quickly, keeping children close and dogs on a lead.
For more information on using footpath level crossings safely, please visit: https://www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/safety-in-the-community/level-crossing-safety/level-crossings-for-pedestrians/
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