Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 17°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Witham: Cyclist died on level crossing earmarked for closure, says report

18:03 14 January 2014

A cyclist died at a level crossing earmarked for closure 10 years before, according to a rail accident report.

shares

The crossing at Motts Lane at Witham in Essex was heavily used and had a history of misuse by pedestrians and cyclists, the report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said.

For those reasons, a risk assessment carried out by Network Rail (NR) in 2003 recommended the crossing be replaced by a bridge, the RAIB said.

But the crossing was still in operation on the evening of January 24 2013 when, in the dark, cyclist Michael Mazjner, 30, rode on to the crossing into the path of a Greater Anglia train and was killed.

The RAIB said the lights at the crossing were showing red at the time and it was not possible to know why the cyclist had attempted to cross.

The report went on: “It may have been because he was used to seeing the lights at red for long periods before trains arrived at the crossing, and decided for himself whether it was safe to cross.

“The lights showed red for long periods because there were deficiencies in the design of the railway signalling system in the area, and it was not being used as it was designed to be.”

The report said that as well as the red light showing, the audible warning was sounding.

The RAIB went on: “The cyclist was unaware that the train was so close to the crossing, probably because it was difficult to pick out the train’s headlight among the lights of Witham station, about 700 metres from the crossing.”

Making four safety recommendations, the RAIB said that NR was replacing the Motts Lane crossing with a bridleway bridge.

shares

1 comment

  • How sad that it has taken a death to spur NR into an action that was identified 10 years ago.

    Report this comment

    julian_n

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

An 
Abellio Greater Anglia train.

Rail services between London and East Anglia are expected to be affected by the heatwave on Wednesday.

Pre season training starts at ITFC

Ipswich Town kicked off their pre-season preparations this morning, ahead of the 2015-16 Championship campaign.

84 year old James Kelly takes part in his 100 th Park Run at Chantry Park Ipswich Park Run.

With a rich sporting history in this country across hundreds of disciplines, Suffolk has produced its fair share of sporting heroes.

Joan Hassell is captain of the over 65s Great Britian team and is taking part in her 60th Framlingham Tennis Tournament this August.

Tennis enthusiast and captain of the Great Britain’s over-75s team Joan Hassell is calling on young and old to take part in the 132nd Framlingham Tennis Tournament.

Louise St John Howe, Nikki Burke and Dominik Burke all gearing up for the race at the Auberies on July 12 in aid of Success After Stroke

A Suffolk charity is appealing to energetic fundraisers to don their trainers and take part in a run through landscape that was made famous by Thomas Gainsborough.

The scene of the accident in Head Street, Colchester. in which Cassie McCord was killed.

A bereaved mother whose teenage daughter was mowed down by an 87-year-old motorist has welcomed the growing use of road safety measures inspired by her death.

Fore Street swimming pool in a Victorian photograph taken soon after the opening in 1894.

Just a stone’s throw from the waterfront of the former Ipswich Docks with its chic bars and bistros, trendy dance studios and ultra-modern apartment blocks stands Fore Street swimming baths.

Archant Suffolk photographer Sarah Lucy Brown shares an image of sunny Aldeburgh on her Instagram account

This week temperatures could rise to a sweltering 33C in East Anglia.

The flats and Tesco in Duke Street in Ipswich where Cardoso waved a gun around. Photograph Simon Parker

A drunk man who told armed police to shoot him after he was seen waving a gun around in Ipswich has been jailed.

Daphne the cat has been waiting for a new home for more than a year - and is now one of the 15 most Overlooked Rescue Cats in the UK.

A cat being cared for by animal-lovers in Suffolk is one of the hardest-to-home felines in the country – and has been waiting for more than a year to find new owners.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages