Dear Network Rail Limited,

On Sunday 2nd September 2018, I had the misfortune to have to go through Bamber Bridge, near Preston, Lancashire. I say "misfortune" as Bamber Bridge has what must surely be one of the most frustrating level crossings in the UK. I have in my possession, a newspaper cutting complaining about the length of time the barriers are closed when a train approaches. The cutting is from 1931 - EIGHTY-SEVEN years ago - and still, after all those years have elapsed, we are still left in a gridlocked village for an eternity while the guy in the signal box makes a brew and eats a four course meal.

Yesterday, he/she excelled themselves with the barrier closing at 21.03 hours and eventually reopening at 21.11 hours. Yes, EIGHT minutes shut for a train that was actually stopping at Bamber Bridge station before crossing the barriered area? Why?? Your man on the spot seems to love causing maximum inconvenience. Please do not even try to patronise me and start banging on about safety or the Level Crossing Act because it just doesn't wash.

1; I wish to know why the crossing is closed for a train that is stopping before it reaches it (Blackburn bound trains)? 2; I wish to know what possible reason should a crossing be closed for eight minutes? Bearing in mind this is a fairly slow stretch of line, 3; I wish to know how long (in terms of time) should the crossing close before the train appears, and 4; the maximum length of time this particular crossing should close for in the worst case scenario. Your man was taking the micky and because of that, I will be watching this crossing even closer now.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Topping

FOI, Network Rail Limited

Dear Mr Topping

Reference number: FOI2018/01160
Information request

Your correspondence was received by Network Rail on 3rd September 2018. I can confirm that your request is being processed under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) / Environmental Information Regulations (EIR). I will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible and in any event by 1st October 2018.

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Emma Meadows
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Freedom of Information Team
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Reference number: FOI2018/01160

 

Dear Mr Topping

 

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

If you have any queries please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Emma Meadows

Information Officer

 

Freedom of Information Team

The Quadrant

Elder Gate

Milton Keynes

MK9 1EN

 

Telephone: 01908 782405

Email: [1][Network Rail request email]

Web: [2]http://www.networkrail.co.uk/foi/

 

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