Anger over railway crossing closure ‘shambles’ after elderly forced to cross footbridge

Bournemouth Echo: The level crossing The level crossing

CIVIC leaders and residents have reacted angrily following a ‘shambolic’ fortnight closure of Wareham’s pedestrian railway crossing.

Dorset County Council’s Wareham member Cllr Beryl Ezzard contacted Network Rail chiefs to complain that more than 500 people a day were being forced to cross the footbridge – many of them elderly and infirm – after the gates were locked without warning last month.

Other irate residents were forced to cycle their children to school over the flyover, despite busy rush-hour traffic.

Cllr Ezzard said the community felt ‘let down’ by the unannounced closure.

Network Rail has since released a statement describing the situation that arose as ‘unacceptable’ and has apologised to anyone inconvenienced.

Cllr Ezzard led the calls for an official apology, describing the saga as ‘ineptly handled’ and causing ‘frustration and real hardship to many frail and infirm locals’.

According to the councillor, Wareham’s shopkeepers suffered a drop in trade during the period, which came to an end when the crossing reopened early this month. Network Rail said: “The situation that arose at Wareham crossing was unacceptable and we apologise to anyone who was inconvenienced during that time.

“This temporary closure was not planned and was as a direct result of problems encountered during the installation of new signalling on the route.

“The crossing is unusual in its design and operation, and the resulting complexity led to a position where, for safety reasons, we had to restrict access until we could provide staffing.”

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5:56pm Sun 22 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

Yet, elsewhere people campaign for these to be closed because they are 'dangerous'..... To be honest, the idea of elderly and infirm people crossing a railway line on this sort of crossing doesn't seem entirely sensible, perhaps an underpass or ramped footbridge would be more appropriate?
Yet, elsewhere people campaign for these to be closed because they are 'dangerous'..... To be honest, the idea of elderly and infirm people crossing a railway line on this sort of crossing doesn't seem entirely sensible, perhaps an underpass or ramped footbridge would be more appropriate? speedy231278
  • Score: 10

6:03pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Watchful_Eye says...

And the EXACT reason for the closure was?????
And the EXACT reason for the closure was????? Watchful_Eye
  • Score: 2

6:33pm Sun 22 Jun 14

justme20092009 says...

so funny bet most of the people moaning its closed now used to moan it was dangerous,theses people spend thier lifes moaning get a grip
so funny bet most of the people moaning its closed now used to moan it was dangerous,theses people spend thier lifes moaning get a grip justme20092009
  • Score: 5

7:57pm Sun 22 Jun 14

dcc employee says...

I emailed south west trains on five consecutive days, asking what was going on. On all five days, the crossing gates were locked with a member of staff inside the gates. On the first day the member of staff laughed when I asked when it would be open. He laughed even harder when I missed my train. The following four days I had to endure the pain and walk over the bridge. There was one young girl who had to risk her life on the flyover in her electric wheelchair. There is no pavement up there and no alternative way around.
I emailed south west trains on five consecutive days, asking what was going on. On all five days, the crossing gates were locked with a member of staff inside the gates. On the first day the member of staff laughed when I asked when it would be open. He laughed even harder when I missed my train. The following four days I had to endure the pain and walk over the bridge. There was one young girl who had to risk her life on the flyover in her electric wheelchair. There is no pavement up there and no alternative way around. dcc employee
  • Score: 4

12:00am Mon 23 Jun 14

Yankee1 says...

Watchful_Eye wrote:
And the EXACT reason for the closure was?????
Jobsworth.

'Elf n safty'
[quote][p][bold]Watchful_Eye[/bold] wrote: And the EXACT reason for the closure was?????[/p][/quote]Jobsworth. 'Elf n safty' Yankee1
  • Score: 0

12:02am Mon 23 Jun 14

Yankee1 says...

This is, of course, a minor crossing.

The worst is the one in Poole town centre, by the Sovereign, where you have to wait ages while trains plod by.

Why no underpasses for pedestrians? Too costly? There would be no accidents.
This is, of course, a minor crossing. The worst is the one in Poole town centre, by the Sovereign, where you have to wait ages while trains plod by. Why no underpasses for pedestrians? Too costly? There would be no accidents. Yankee1
  • Score: -6

12:49am Mon 23 Jun 14

Paul Weaver says...

Yankee1 wrote:
This is, of course, a minor crossing.

The worst is the one in Poole town centre, by the Sovereign, where you have to wait ages while trains plod by.

Why no underpasses for pedestrians? Too costly? There would be no accidents.
The crossing in Poole is by the Dolphin Centre, the Sovereign Centre is in Bournemouth.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: This is, of course, a minor crossing. The worst is the one in Poole town centre, by the Sovereign, where you have to wait ages while trains plod by. Why no underpasses for pedestrians? Too costly? There would be no accidents.[/p][/quote]The crossing in Poole is by the Dolphin Centre, the Sovereign Centre is in Bournemouth. Paul Weaver
  • Score: 2

7:18am Mon 23 Jun 14

Phixer says...

Yankee1 wrote:
This is, of course, a minor crossing.

The worst is the one in Poole town centre, by the Sovereign, where you have to wait ages while trains plod by.

Why no underpasses for pedestrians? Too costly? There would be no accidents.
You have to wait a long time for a train to pass the Sovereign Centre but you get a lovely ride along the Prom.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: This is, of course, a minor crossing. The worst is the one in Poole town centre, by the Sovereign, where you have to wait ages while trains plod by. Why no underpasses for pedestrians? Too costly? There would be no accidents.[/p][/quote]You have to wait a long time for a train to pass the Sovereign Centre but you get a lovely ride along the Prom. Phixer
  • Score: -3

5:04pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Dorset Logic says...

justme20092009 wrote:
so funny bet most of the people moaning its closed now used to moan it was dangerous,theses people spend thier lifes moaning get a grip
are you moaning about moaning?
[quote][p][bold]justme20092009[/bold] wrote: so funny bet most of the people moaning its closed now used to moan it was dangerous,theses people spend thier lifes moaning get a grip[/p][/quote]are you moaning about moaning? Dorset Logic
  • Score: 1

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