Residents mock spelling of ‘Hampton Park’ rail sign

Misspelt sign at Hampden Park SUS-150319-155029001
Misspelt sign at Hampden Park SUS-150319-155029001

Hampden Park residents were quick to spot a Network Rail spelling mistake on a sign at the ‘Hampton Park’ level crossing last week. The sign was put in following the removal of the signal box.

It is a small sign but locals were keen to point out the error and took to social media.

Frank Woods, took a photograph of the sign and posted it on Facebook.

He said, “So, we have changed our name!”

Eastbourne residents poked fun at Network Rail for making the mistake.

Anthony Stephen Pittam responded by saying, “Should have put that up on April 1.”

Who are we to berate them - lots of the people in this town think they live in ‘Langley’

Matt Russell

Paul Kent posted, “What’s worse is that some idiot actually fitted it!”

But Matt Russell had some sympathy with Network Rail and posted on the social network site too .

He said, “Who are we to berate them - lots of the people in this town think they live in ‘Langley’.”

And Jane Bickiebeej Ranger suggested the signs may have been mixed up with another town’s.

She commented, “Somewhere someone in Hampton Park is complaining about the ‘d’ in their sign.”

Hampden Park councillor James Murray said he had brought the error to the attention of Network Rail.

A spokesperson from Network Rail apologised for the mistake and said it was due to be corrected as soon as possible.

The spokesperson said replacement signs would arrived to be fitted at Hampden Park level crossing early this week.

It was described as ‘the end of an era’ for Hampden Park last month as the village signal box was knocked down to make way for new signalling equipment.

The demolition was part of a multi million pound re-signalling programme across East Sussex.

Other signal boxes de-manned, but not demolished, over the same weekend included Polegate, Berwick, Eastbourne, Normans Bay, Bexhill and Pevensey.