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Author Topic: Level Crossing Collision - Gunnislake Branch 13 December 2018  (Read 1650 times)
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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2018, 07:39:22 pm »

Having been involved in quite a few incidents like that (investigating them, that is  Roll Eyes) the outcome so far has always been road user error........but, we are always taught when carrying out such investigations, 'never assume anything'.... Shocked


Do you think this crossing will now receive improvements after this incident.
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« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2018, 08:10:27 pm »

Having been involved in quite a few incidents like that (investigating them, that is  Roll Eyes) the outcome so far has always been road user error........but, we are always taught when carrying out such investigations, 'never assume anything'.... Shocked


Do you think this crossing will now receive improvements after this incident.

No.
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« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2018, 08:58:01 pm »

Trains stop on approach the level crossing and sound the horn before proceeding.  Line speed is 10mph.

The crossing MAY catch unsuspecting drivers unaware.  The crossing is not illuminated as far as Iím aware.  The area is treelined, the road itself is very narrow and steeply banked.  Thereís a sharp bend on each side of the crossing which would make speeding almost impossible. Thereís not much you can realistically do to improve the crossing.
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« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2018, 11:08:52 am »

Having been involved in quite a few incidents like that (investigating them, that is  Roll Eyes) the outcome so far has always been road user error........but, we are always taught when carrying out such investigations, 'never assume anything'.... Shocked


Do you think this crossing will now receive improvements after this incident.

Yes, they were already planned for both the ungated crossings between Calstock and Gunnislake and also the two on the Looe branch, Lodge Farm and Terras Bridge.  Half barriers, I think, but certainly budgeted for in the new Control Period. 
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« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2018, 04:10:37 pm »

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Trains stop on approach the level crossing and sound the horn before proceeding.  Line speed is 10mph.

The crossing MAY catch unsuspecting drivers unaware.  The crossing is not illuminated as far as Iím aware.  The area is treelined, the road itself is very narrow and steeply banked.  Thereís a sharp bend on each side of the crossing which would make speeding almost impossible. Thereís not much you can realistically do to improve the crossing.

The picture indicates encroaching vegetation obscuring the view of the signage. In slightly different circumstances (vegetation alongside the track obscuring sightlines on an un-manned crossing), the Wensleydale Railway was fined for failing to control vegetation a few years ago. Here either the highway authority or Network Rail might be at risk of censure. Open level crossings without lights should not be regarded as prima facie dangerous - there are plenty in Europe, but signage should be adequate and kept unobscured.
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« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2018, 08:04:28 pm »

....hence my comment above, 'never assume anything'.... Tongue
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« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2018, 08:31:20 pm »

....hence my comment above, 'never assume anything'.... Tongue

And the same goes for Brexit.
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