Wednesday 9 Aug 2017
Safety warning issued as Fisherman’s Path crossing reopens
- London North Western
Pedestrians were urged to be vigilant as Fisherman’s Path level crossing in Formby was today reopened.
Network Rail deployed a warden wearing a body-mounted camera to the crossing to advise people to use it safely.
The foot crossing was shut to members of the public on 14 July after a near miss involving a cyclist.
This follows the tragic death in August 2014 of Yasmin Jones, 22, after she tried to save a dog from being hit by an approaching train.
Mark Killick, chief operating officer for Network Rail’s London North Western route, said: “We closed the crossing after the latest near miss to fully understand what had happened.
"We have now concluded this review and are working jointly with the council to agree a suitable way forward.”
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