Brandon, UK: Controversial level crossing’s failure snarls traffic for three hours

2 May

The Brandon manually controlled level crossing which is equipped with CCTV and obstacle detection reportedly failed before a lowering barrier struck a truck as it was crossing the railway. Witnesses have said that they saw the barrier lower and rise several times resulting in the level crossing being closed to road traffic for more than three hours whiles repairs and testing took place.

However, a Network Rail spokesperson is reported as having said vehicles often drive into barriers and that there were delays of 10-15 minutes on a couple of train services, adding: “Overall, it was not particularly disruptive in terms of train service and certainly from tea time things had been running from normal.” An interesting observation when significant disruption was caused to road users to whom no apology is reported. In particular it is of note that Network Rail appears to have done nothing to address the point made by witnesses that the barriers had malfunctioned.

Certainly the response to this incident as reported in regional media show Network Rail to have made a major public relations gaffe in not addressing the failure of the barrier system and in not reassuring uses of the crossing that it is indeed safe.

One Response to “Brandon, UK: Controversial level crossing’s failure snarls traffic for three hours”

  1. Andrew Fraser May 2, 2014 at 14:44 #

    “In particular it is of note that Network Rail appears to have done nothing to address the point made by witnesses that the barriers had malfunctioned.” Normal NR reaction, it would seem. To the best of my knowledge, Network Rail has done nothing to address the point raised in respect of Cornton Level Crossing, either. And that was 13 years ago …

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