St Blazey, UK: Network Rail in the doghouse

3 Feb

The ten-day closure of a busy level crossing on the A390 in St Blazey to road traffic, due to end on February 8th, 2016 is causing traffic chaos and generating bad press for Network Rail. This is because the 25-mile diversionary route is untenable for many people.

Instead there is traffic congestion on narrow country roads as those who would normally use the level crossing look for short cuts along roads that are not equipped for the volume of two-way traffic now flowing. Consideration is being given to reducing the traffic congestion by creation of a temporary one-way system.

Network Rail maintains that the blockade at this time of year has less impact and is an alternative to perhaps a six-week blockade if the existing crossing failed without plans in place to complete the works to the crossing.

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