Thursday 3 Jun 2021
New safety equipment given the green light at ten level crossings across Anglia
- Region & Route:
- Eastern: Anglia
Network Rail has installed new equipment at ten level crossings across Anglia to make them safer.
Level crossings can be dangerous if not treated with the caution and care required by users, so Network Rail work to minimise the risk they represent wherever possible. To improve safety at level crossings, Miniature Stop Lights (MSLs) will be installed at 90+ crossings across Anglia over the next three years.
Miniature Stop Light systems consist of red and green lights and an auditory warning, which warns level crossing users of the arrival of a train several seconds in advance. An audible warning and a red light will activate when a train is approaching. If the red light is still on and the audible warning is still sounding after the train has passed another train will be coming. You should only cross when the green light is showing and no warning is sounding.
The new technological system replaces a stop, look and listen system that relied on users checking that there was no train approaching before crossing. The new miniature stop lights give users a clear message about when it is safe to cross.
Since March, MSL systems have been installed at the following level crossings:
- Big Hill, CM3 6HQ
- Pond Street, NR28 0NH
- Grammar School Farm, NR28 0NE
- Worlingham, NR34 7PF
- North Cove, NR34 7QR
- Wadehall Old Dam, NR34 7QG
- Maltings, IP121BJ
- Melton, IP12 1LT
- Dock Lane, IP12 1PE
- East Runton, NR27 9PS
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “Safety is our top priority and I’m delighted that this project is progressing well. I’d like to thank residents and communities for engaging with us on this, together we’re creating a safer railway.”
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