Level crossing closures divide communities, say campaigners

Level crossing closures divide communities, say campaigners

Network Rail on a mission to close rail crossings to increase safety, but local communities have been waging campaigns to save them

With feelings running high, the sight of a Network Rail hi-vis jacket beside a level crossing attracts the attention of a man who comes striding across a Suffolk beet field, brandishing an alarmingly large pair of secateurs.

“You’re not going to close it, are you?” asks John Day, 69. He concedes: “It’s a little-used crossing.” But he has been coming to Pannington Hall Lane, this isolated spot outside Ipswich, for 40 years to photograph passing trains on the relatively exposed, straight track, and wouldn’t want to lose it.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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