Minety, UK: Locals split over crossing update

13 Oct

Villagers living in Minety, Wiltshire are divided over the pending modernisation of the presently manually controlled level crossing on the Swindon-Kemble route which is being upgraded in a GBP45 million project that will see the route double tracked.

Some want the level crossing to be eliminated on safety grounds while others maintain the retaining the level crossing is essential. At the heart of concerns is Network Rail’s decision to replace the manually controlled level crossing in November 2014 with one that operates automatically. Some fear that motorists will try and beat the lowering barriers. This will result in them speeding and increasing the risk to pedestrians. However, others maintain that the village cannot be reduced to one route in because of a decision to close the level crossing. This opposition to closure was well orchestrated and has prevailed. However, Network Rail has said that it will have the scheme independently assessed.

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