Shoreham, UK: Network Rail under pressure to reopen subway

17 Mar

The death of a man on the Shoreham CCTV equipped level crossing in Shoreham on February 27th, 2016 after a night out with friends has strengthened calls for Network Rail to reopen the pedestrian subway on Brunswick Street, adjacent to the level crossing.

 

Following a demonstration at the level crossing on March 12th, reportedly attended by more than 100, the Shoreham Society (www.shorehamsociety.org.uk/news) has organised a meeting to consider next steps in their long-running campaign to get the subway reopened to the general public. The subway has been restricted to rail passengers since ticket gates were installed at the station as a revenue protection measure.

Station operator Southern Railway says it is working closely with Network Rail to address concerns regarding public access to the subway. However, Network Rail’s position is that the crossing is as safe as is reasonably practicable short of closing the crossing which is – given its location – impossible.

Meanwhile, British Transport Police has said it is not treating the death of the 20-year-old on February 27th as suspicious, adding that it is preparing a file for The Coroner.

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