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New talks start into closed railway crossing

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: April 18, 2013

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AN INFORMAL consultation has been launched to help decide the fate of a controversial railway crossing at Long Rock that was closed last year.

The Mexico foot crossing on the Penzance line was temporarily closed by Cornwall Council following an inquest into the death of grandmother Jeanette Nicholls, who was struck and killed by a train there in October 2011.

Campaigners in the village have argued strongly in favour of the crossing reopening but Network Rail applied for the crossing to be permanently closed following a recommendation at her inquest by Cornwall's assistant coroner Barrie Van Den Berg.

The council has now written to a number of organisations which have previously contacted the council about it including emergency services, utility companies, Ludgvan Parish Council and the Friends of Long Rock Mexico Crossing.

Chairman of the Friends Robert Nance said they had been expecting the consultation and were now putting together a response.

"Network Rail have a lot of points so we have to answer each of them in turn," he said.

"When we had the public meeting, which filled the village hall to overflowing, we put it to a vote and it was unanimous; there was nobody against [keeping the crossing open] and nobody abstained."

Cornwall Council will later make a decision whether or not to enforce a rail crossing extinguishment order.

A spokeswoman for the unitary authority said consultation before making public paths orders was a requirement of the constitution of Cornwall Council and formed part of a good practice regime.

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  • jimjams2011  |  April 19 2013, 7:17PM

    People must be held responsible for their own actions. Not only do people have the ability to look left and right, but if they pick up a FREE Timetable they can know the approximate times of each and every train, every single day of the year. To claim 'surprise' at being hit by a train is simply not the case. Nobody can be surprised by a train. RIP to this woman, but people should use their senses.

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  • josdave  |  April 19 2013, 11:14AM

    Every single incident at level crossings in the country are not the fault of the crossing but of impatient motorists or pedestrians who were not taught to look and listen. Open the crossing.

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