New railway crossing gates signal the end of traffic issues in Redcar

Published on : Monday, December 14, 2015

2e6c3718c3df45e7a8e871f9c4f187faBritain’s first sliding gate level crossing barriers are now operational in the North East after a recent upgrade as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

The new, telescopic barrier slides out across West Dyke Road in Redcar from alongside the railway tracks and marks the end of the existing boom gate barrier which was plagued by reliability problems during high winds.

The new gate was originally due to be installed in 2018 but with the old barrier increasingly difficult to operate in strong winds, Network Rail took the decision to fast-track the approval process with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and fit the new gates ahead of schedule.

This morning the crossing came into operation for the first time as West Dyke Road reopened to traffic, with Redcar MP Anna Turley on hand to speak to engineers who worked throughout the weekend to make sure the crossing opened on schedule.

Mark Tarry, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “We have been all too aware of the problems suffered at West Dyke Road in high winds and decided that the level of disruption caused needed addressing ahead of the original programme.

“The new barrier has been designed with this specific problem in mind and is unlike any existing crossing on the network, and we are confident that its installation with help improve the flow of traffic and pedestrians in Redcar.”

Anna Turley said: “It is fantastic to see the wind-proof barriers in place at last and to welcome the first trains through it this morning.

An end to the traffic chaos will be a welcome relief to residents, bus users, and local businesses who have long suffered from the repeated breakdowns and closures.

“I am pleased we have been able to secure this upgrade well ahead of the original schedule and I would like to thank Network Rail who have worked hard to get the new system built and installed.”

The highway stop lines and yellow traffic boxes have also been moved nearer to the crossing barriers to create more space for traffic and pedestrians when waiting at the barrier.

 

 

Source:- Network Rail

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