Safety fears prompt bid to close railway crossing

The railway crossing at Chandler's Ford.

The railway crossing at Chandler's Ford.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

RAILWAY bosses want to close a level crossing over safety fears following a spate of problems – including children “playing chicken” on the tracks.

They are looking into closing the footpath crossing over the railway at Chandler’s Ford alongside a number of others in Hampshire deemed as high risk.

Network Rail revealed the crossing had witnessed a number of near misses in recent years – many involving children.

Other incidents included missiles thrown at trains and reports of trespassing on the railway.

Concerns have been echoed by train drivers, who have been forced into doing emergency stops on numerous occasions.

Now talks are under way with Hampshire County Council about closing the crossing – something which will spark a public consultation if they progress.

Rail chiefs are working with South West Trains to look at closing 35 crossings across the Wessex region in the next five years, six of them in Hampshire.

It is part of a national project working towards closing 500 crossings by 2019 at a cost of £99m, which will be replaced by diversions or bridges.

One in Petersfield was replaced by a new footbridge last week.

Others under consideration are Farnborough North; Derby Green, near Yateley; Buriton, near Petersfield and Dunbridge, near Romsey.

Sharon Vye-Parminter, safety and assurance director for the Network Rail and South West Trains Alliance, said: “Drivers have been reporting to us a significant number of near misses there,” she said.

“If you put yourself in their shoes, these are significant incidents and drivers are very shaken by that.

“We have a responsibility for everybody on the railway and we always try to work with the community to make sure that they are using our crossings responsibly, but ultimately removing the risk of anybody getting injured on our railways is our prime goal.”

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6:20pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Nod says...

I used this crossing twice a day in the early nineties. It is a VITAL connection between Chandler's Ford and Valley Park for Pedestrians.

Any detour if you're on foot would be miles.

This should ONLY be shut if Network Rail provide a footbridge!!!
I used this crossing twice a day in the early nineties. It is a VITAL connection between Chandler's Ford and Valley Park for Pedestrians. Any detour if you're on foot would be miles. This should ONLY be shut if Network Rail provide a footbridge!!! Nod
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8:08pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Nod wrote:
I used this crossing twice a day in the early nineties. It is a VITAL connection between Chandler's Ford and Valley Park for Pedestrians.

Any detour if you're on foot would be miles.

This should ONLY be shut if Network Rail provide a footbridge!!!
There is a footbridge at the nearby railway station.
[quote][p][bold]Nod[/bold] wrote: I used this crossing twice a day in the early nineties. It is a VITAL connection between Chandler's Ford and Valley Park for Pedestrians. Any detour if you're on foot would be miles. This should ONLY be shut if Network Rail provide a footbridge!!![/p][/quote]There is a footbridge at the nearby railway station. Positively4thStreet
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8:19pm Tue 2 Sep 14

localnews says...

Not a Level crossing its a foot crossing
Not a Level crossing its a foot crossing localnews
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8:58pm Tue 2 Sep 14

wknight says...

What about getting British Transport Police to patrol the area and visiting the local schools to educate the children how dangerous this is. Its a shame when an important link is closed and many suffer because of a few idiots.
What about getting British Transport Police to patrol the area and visiting the local schools to educate the children how dangerous this is. Its a shame when an important link is closed and many suffer because of a few idiots. wknight
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