Rescuers came to the aid of an elderly man who got stuck between the Polegate Level Crossing barriers this afternoon (May 5).
This is the second such incident since the signal boxes at Polegate and Hampden Park were de-manned, and both sets of barriers are now controlled from Three Bridges.
Yvonne and Stace of Direct Travel Taxis, said, “We have just witnessed the barrier in Polegate coming down on a man as he was crossing.
“The gent has two walking sticks and is very slow. Two gents ran up and helped, forcing the barrier back up and helping him to a bench, checking he was okay. These barriers are dangerous.”
Yvonne added, “If there had been some one in the box, it wouldn’t have happened. Staff here have said there have been a few near misses.”
This comes just months after a disabled woman was stuck as the barriers came down at Hampden Park, and three tree surgeons rescued her.
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A Network Rail spokesperson said, “The level crossing at Polegate operates with ‘obstacle detection’ technology which uses radars to detect the presence of any cars, pedestrians, or objects on the crossing.
“Just after 3.50pm on Tuesday, the system detected a pedestrian attempting to cross as the barriers had started to lower. The detection triggered the system to halt the barrier sequence and stop the approaching train from passing through until the crossing was clear.
“Safety is our top priority at level crossings, and we would like to assure people that in this incident, the technology worked as it should to protect them.
“While there was no risk of a train coming through, we do understand that this might have been a unsettling experience for the gentleman involved, and thank the passing members of public for assisting him.
“We are now increasing the volume of the audible warnings and seeing if we can increase the length of the lights sequence, giving pedestrians longer to cross safely.”