Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Update: British Transport Police say cyclist killed at level crossing in Great Barton may have died in tragic accident

17:40 24 March 2014

Archant

A male cyclist may have died in a tragic accident at a level crossing in west Suffolk this morning as residents living nearby called for it to be closed.

shares

The cyclist was hit by a westbound train this morning at the Cattishall level crossing, just off Mount Road in Great Barton.

Authorities have said they are not ruling out the possibility the cyclist died in a tragic accident, while neighbours living close to the area called for the crossing to be closed after years of fatalities.

Hugh Howcutt, who has lived in one of the handful of houses either side of the railway line for 37 years, said he knew of five deaths that had happened at the site during his time there.

He was outside his house at around 9am when the accident happened, and recalled hearing the train sound its horn before grinding to a halt just metres past the crossing.

He added: “The sun was very, very bright this morning. That’s east (where the train came from), and you can hardly see up that track when the sun is like it was this morning.

“We cross it regularly and you do have to use your common sense, you have to be aware. If there’s a train within a couple hundred metres, you can’t hear it until it’s practically upon you.

“More people are using it now than when we first moved here, people are running, cycling through it all the time. It’s either got to have a bridge or be closed.”

Another resident, Christopher Maher, added: “I often use it, and experience tells you that if you see a train at a distance, it doesn’t take long to reach you - it’s very difficult to judge the speed of a train.”

Officers from the British Transport Police and Suffolk Constabulary attended the scene, with the transport police now leading the investigation.

Paramedics also attended, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Further details about the man are expected to be released tomorrow.

Land close to the level crossing is earmarked for significant housing development under two different parts of St Edmundsbury’s Vision 2031, with the North East Bury St Edmunds and Moreton Hall masterplans planned for land close to the small Cattishall community.

The rural track up to the level crossing is part of a National Cycle Route, but the developers behind the north-east scheme, Berkeley, hope to re-open an underpass that runs beneath the track at nearby Moreton Hall.

A spokeswoman for National Rail said it was “committed to reducing level crossing risk as much as possible”, adding: “We have invested £131million nationally to upgrade or close more than 700 level crossings nationwide since 2010, with a further 500 planned for the next five years.

“As part of this, we continue to examine and assess level crossings in the Anglia Route.”

Network Rail last year submitted plans to replace a level crossing at East Barton with a footbridge, but the plans have since been withdrawn.

shares

1 comment

  • you stop you look you listen if you cant see a train or hear one you then cross ,any one who does not do this cant blame the rail company ,also to those who say they want the crossing closed don't use it.

    Report this comment

    pandy

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Craig Wilkinson visits the Custom Cars and Hot Rods rally on the promenade at Felixstowe.

Throbbing engines, vibrant colours and cars with their own character and style brought thousands of people to Felixstowe seafront for one of the resort’s most popular annual events.

The popular annual Sudbury Carnival procession leaves the Delphi Club in Alexandra Road and heads for town on Sunday.
The colourful Rainbow Club float

Sudbury was lit up with a colourful procession which weaved its way through the town for a carnival extravaganza.

Bury Magistrates' Court

If the Ministry of Justice has its way, Suffolk will end up with only one magistrates’ court, based in Ipswich.

Fire crews were called to a blaze in Ipswich

A blaze which spread in a three-storey building in Ipswich town centre has been extinguished.

The first day of the Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival attracting large crowds on Sunday.
The popular beach back in town at the Arc Shopping Centre

Some of the finest food and drink from the region was on offer in Bury St Edmunds in a culinary festival which attracted large crowds.

Fire crews attended the fire in Jaywick

A man suffered from smoke inhalation in a bungalow fire in Jaywick.

Thousands of visitors attended the Essex Dog Day on Sunday. Gill Bottazzi and Ruby.

The glorious grounds of a Georgian mansion in Hatfield Peverel hosted thousands of dog lovers and their bright-eyed and excited canine friends.

A police helicopter was called to the scene

Police have arrested a man who is alleged to have threatened people in Dickens Road, Ipswich.

Fire crews were sent to the scene in Fressingfield

A man was taken to hospital with facial and leg injuries after he came off his motorcycle.

McBusted

They may all be approaching or already into their 30s, but the McBusted lads remain a big draw to pop fans of all ages, as proved by the huge sell-out crowd at Newmarket Nights on Saturday.

Most read

Topic pages