Union welcomes Scots crossing progress

07 August 2012

ASLEF officials have warmly welcomed the announcement this morning that Network Rail is to fit barriers across every open rail level crossing in the Highlands. ‘This is the first major sign of progress on the issue of level crossings for many years,’ says general secretary Mick Whelan. ‘At last someone is treating this major problem with the seriousness it deserves. What is regrettable is that someone has to die before any consideration is given to safety at crossings.’

In this case, the impetus for change came from three deaths at a crossing in Halkirk in Caithness in September 2009. That crossing is now to have a full-size barrier which will block off the entire road while 19 others will have either this or a mini-barrier system installed in the £4 million exercise. The first mini-barriers will be erected at Corpach, Brora, Kirkton and Dalchalm.

ASLEF’s officer in Scotland, Kevin Lindsay, said the announcement was ‘great news’ and a step towards the sort of measures the union would like to see to protect both rail passengers and car drivers at level crossings.

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