Wareham level crossing sparks ministerial visit

Wareham level crossing sparks ministerial visit

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:49am 24th January 2020.

The Minister for Transport visited Wareham yesterday to discuss issue with the level-crossing.

Christopher Heaton-Harris was there to listen to concerns from residents and community groups.

It's after a spate of near misses. 

The crossing runs over the railway track between the town centre and Northmoor.

wareham level crossing

A safety attendant is employed to monitor the crossing and operate pedestrian gates between 6am and 1am when trains are scheduled to pass.

The crossing had to be closed twice during a week last year, due to staff shortages.

Speaking at the time, Councillor Daryl Turner, Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built Environment said:

 "Unfortunately it is not as straight forward as deploying our staff to cover this shortage; anyone working on a live railway has to be accredited by Network Rail, which is why we have to employ this company for our attendants."

In a bid to provide step-free access over the railway line, highway engineers worked with Network Rail to design access ramps to add to the existing Grade II listed railway footbridge. 

Wareham Railway Footbridge
Plans for Wareham Railway Footbridge, which were rejected.

This was refused planning by Dorset County Council's Regulatory Committee.

 

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