I read the letter from Dave Gamble which reported an occurrence at Polegate Level Crossing on the 15th July 2016.
There is no person watching the lowering process at Polegate Level Crossing. Approaching trains trigger the lowering of the barriers then scanners check that the crossing is clear before allowing the train to cross.
Long before this equipment was operating at Polegate I questioned the suitability due to the heavy footfall and the number of elderly and disabled users.
My concerns were ignored. Under the Freedom of Information I obtained the assessment document used to select the type of equipment and found it was flawed as it did not identify the number of slow moving pedestrians.
From the first showing of the road lights there is eight seconds before the first two barriers drop. I have timed elderly and disabled pedestrians taking 22 to 36 seconds to cross so they risk having a barrier dropped in front of them, which occurred in the incident mentioned by Mr Gamble.
With five road closures each hour for 40 seconds in each hour those already making their way across face being temporarily trapped until released by the scanners. Anyone not alert can be hit by a barrier as the scan is not done until the first barriers are down.
I have tried to get the system modified but Network Rail refuse. They have promised new additional ‘red man standing’ indicators will be installed at pedestrian eye level but no date given.
Peter Cox, Albert Road, Polegate.
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