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Gates installed to improve public safety at Halesworth train station

PUBLISHED: 17:32 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 21:53 19 April 2017

Safety gates have been installed on the rail crossing at Halesworth station. Picture: Network Rail.

Safety gates have been installed on the rail crossing at Halesworth station. Picture: Network Rail.

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New gates have been put in place to improve safety at Halesworth train station.

Safety gates have been installed on the rail crossing at Halesworth station. Picture: Nick Butcher. Safety gates have been installed on the rail crossing at Halesworth station. Picture: Nick Butcher.

The gates and fencing have been installed at the pedestrian crossing at the end of the station platforms.

It comes after a high profile campaign in the town to prevent the crossing from being closed after Network Rail announced a consultation last year.

Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “We have installed these gates to encourage people to cross at Halesworth station safely.

“Those who need to use the crossing should check that no trains are coming and that no trains are stopped in the station before making their way across. “We are committed to improving safety at level crossings as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan and we will continue to monitor the safety of the level crossing at Halesworth station as part of these ongoing commitments.”

A sign installed at Halesworth station to help pedestrians cross safely. Picture: Nick Butcher. A sign installed at Halesworth station to help pedestrians cross safely. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Proposals to close the crossing completely were presented at a public meeting at the beginning of last year, owing to significant safety concerns.

However, following protests from the community, who raised concerns about the accessibility of the proposed diversion route, Network Rail reversed their decision.

Instead it was decided that putting a gate in place would improve safety without having to close it.

As part of the changes, textured flooring has been installed so that people with impaired vision can understand where the edge of the platform is and new signs and painted lines show where the decision to cross can be made safely.

Anti-trespass guards have also been installed at the side of the crossing pathway, to stop people from accessing the tracks.

A sign attached to the gates provides advice on how to use the crossing safely.

It advises pedestrians that you should only use the crossing if you are a station user as it is not a public right of way, cross only if there are no trains on either platform, get off your bike before crossing, and not to stop on the crossing mid-way.

With the gates in place, Network Rail said that they will continue to monitor crossing safety and will review the situation later in the year.

•Do you have a Halesworth story? Email kieran.lynch@archant.co.uk

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