LETTER: Are the railway works on track?

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Evidently there’s some problem meaning that the switch over of control of signalling at Hampden Park from Three Bridges has been delayed. During the time it takes for this to be remedied, may I ask reassurance from Network Rail that the unreasonable amount of time that the gates are down for an approaching train will be reduced?

The PIFs (public information films) warning people not to jump the lights at level crossings (not the ‘I-spy’ ones for unguarded crossings) show an impatient girl who runs around automatic barriers when they’ve only just closed, they then imply that she immediately gets struck by a train.

The current situation at the gates is that they are down for a good three minutes before a train appears, sometimes longer.

The level crossing does get a mention in the 1980 edition of the Guinness Book of Records as being the most often closed in Europe.

But now that the book seems to only be interested in listing irrelevant records involving how successful American businesses are, I doubt if it’ll make another appearance.

So basically my question is,can we look forward to shorter waits at the gates once this is finally sorted out?

Dave Poole

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