DCSIMG

High winds blamed for causing repeated railway barrier problems in Hartlepool

Police on scene at the level crossing in Church Street after receiving reports of a barrier fault

Police on scene at the level crossing in Church Street after receiving reports of a barrier fault

RAIL engineers say frequent problems with a barrier at a level crossing in the town is due to the high winds.

Police officers have been called to marshal the crossing in Church Street, in the town, on at least four occasions in the last month after a fault triggered the sirens and lights to go off despite no oncoming trains.

Network Rail engineers have attended every time to try and solve the problems.

And they have now explained that the high winds in the area are making the barriers sway and causing an automatic fail-safe method to set off the sirens and lights.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “This is something our engineers are looking at.

“When it’s windy the fail-safe triggers.

“We don’t want to take that out, it’s of vital importance, but we are looking at how we are going to manage that.”

The spokeswoman added: “Church Street happens to be a very windy place and it’s a very wide road which means the barriers there have to be longer than standard, which is why the fail-safe mechanism is in place.”

The latest incident of problems with the barrier happened on Wednesday afternoon.

Police officers were called to the crossing and marshalled oncoming traffic while engineers were on site.

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page