Published on : Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Three footpath level crossings in Suffolk and Essex are now safer thanks to a new audible warning system, alerting pedestrians of approaching trains. The crossings are the first of a total of 23 that will have the new kit installed, making the railway safer and more reliable as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
The system has been installed at Spring Lane and Pagets footpath level crossings in Wivenhoe and at Islands footpath level crossing in Bentley, where the user is required to stop, look and listen for a train before crossing. The system reproduces the sound of a train horn at the crossing. This is an additional warning for the user that a train is approaching, just in case they haven’t heard the train’s horn.
By improving the safety at the crossings with this additional measure, temporary speed restrictions can now be lifted at Spring Lane and Padgets level crossings in Wivenhoe, reducing delays for passengers travelling between Colchester and Clacton on Sea or Walton on the Naze.
Work also took place to straighten the level crossing at Islands, to improve sighting and shorten the time it takes to cross. At Spring Lane, vegetation clearance works are taking place to improve sighting.
Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “The new system will improve safety at these crossings where the user needs to stop, look and listen for a train before deciding to cross. This additional measure also means that we can safely remove speed restrictions at these crossings, meaning fewer delays for passengers. This is all part of making the railway safer and more reliable as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”
Source:- Network Rail