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By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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October 2011: Jeanette Nicholls, 73, was hit by a train and killed at the pedestrian crossing.

November 2011: Petition launched by Mrs Nicholls' granddaughter to have the crossing closed.

December 2012: At an inquest into the death of Mrs Nicholls, Cornwall's deputy coroner Barrie van den Berg recommended that the crossing be closed in favour of a level crossing further down the line. Cornwall Council places a temporary closure order at the crossing.

January 2013: Residents in Long Rock hold a meeting to challenge the emergency closure order. The Friends of Long Rock Mexico Crossing (FLRMC) campaign group is launched, along with a petition to have the crossing reopened. Ludgvan Parish Council agrees to back the campaign.

March 2013: A poll conducted by The Cornishman showed that nearly 90 per cent of people wanted the crossing reopened. Network Rail applies to have the crossing closed permanently.

April 2013: Informal consultation launched into the future of the crossing. Cornwall Council write to a number of organisations including emergency services, utility companies, Ludgvan Parish Council and the FLRMC.

August 2013: Cornwall Council produces a permanent extinguishment order for the crossing.

September 2013: FLRMC launches a fresh campaign for the crossing to be reopened amid claims that Network Rail's use of statistics on risk at the thoroughfare was flawed.

October 2013: The Cornishman backs Long Rock residents in the campaign to have the public right of way reopened. Cornwall councillor for Ludgvan Roy Mann calls for the decision to be brought before a Cabinet meeting at County Hall.

November 2013: Cabinet holds meeting to discuss the extinguishment order at the crossing. Councillors vote to send the decision to the Secretary of State for confirmation, with a public inquiry likely to be held over the fate of the crossing in the future.

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  • josdave  |  December 05 2013, 11:02AM

    There was nothing wrong with that crossing and it never should have been closed. Two years and we are no further on what a crazy set of events or should IO say non-events.

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