Crossing problems at Hounsdown
I am aware of issues with the railway crossing in Jacobs Gutter Lane, Hounsdown.
It started malfunctioning a few weeks ago, with an alarm going off and local residents being disturbed by the noise.
Network Rail were alerted but don’t seem to have fixed the problem.
Worst still, the gates have started closing, for no apparent reason and I am told that long queues of traffic have built up, with local residents having to undertake informal traffic control duties.
Network Rail have been on site today.
I have been told that the crossing has a unique operation, not shared by any other crossing.
Some reports suggest that Network Rail are saying that there is only one chap who can fix the problem and he is currently on holiday in Switzerland.
Another story I have heard is that the necessary part that needs replacing has had to be ordered from abroad.
I can appreciate how frustrating this all is, particularly to nearby residents.
I am afraid there is not a lot I can do about this issue… it is totally in the hands of Network Rail to sort out.
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