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Railway chiefs to consider closing level crossings
10:24am Friday 1st November 2013 in News
RAIL chiefs are to consider closing level crossings in Hampshire after receiving a massive grant to shut those considered too dangerous.
The county’s crossings will come under the spotlight as the Office for Rail Regulation (ORR) increased funding for level crossings by £32m to a total of £109m, which includes dismantling more than 500.
It came after a Daily Echo investigation revealed three near fatalities and claims by disabled people and mums in Totton that the gates fall too fast.
Our investigation then revealed the crossing gave the least time to cross among a sample of five identical crossings in the surrounding area.
A House of Commons transport committee has also heard about concerns over level crossing safety from families of people killed at crossings.
Nine people died on level crossings in the UK last year, more than double the year before.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “In an ideal world we would close every level crossing but it is just not feasible.
“If we were building a railway from scratch there would be no crossings whatsoever.”
A list will now be drawn up of the crossings to close, with an announcement of selected ones to be announced by April at the earliest.
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