Brandon, United Kingdom: Crossing to be staffed until obstacle detection is sorted out

3 Oct

Following a recent visit to Brandon’s level crossing by the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLaughlin, he has written to Thetford MP Elizabeth Truss and West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock telling them he has raised their concerns with network Rail.

Network Rail is working to find a solution to the problems caused by the crossing’s LIDAR obstacle detection equipment falsely detecting obstructions, sometimes from mud thrown-up by passing traffic. However, at Brandon, in the interim, staff will be deployed at the crossing at peak times to intervene if the LIDAR malfunctions. These peak times will include those when road traffic is diverted off the A11 trunk route on a pre-planned basis.

Perhaps the right long-term solution is to get rid of the LIDAR overlay and rely instead on a radar based solution as proven and in wide-spread use in Germany.

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