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“Abuse it and you’ll lose it” warning on crossing at Halesworth station

PUBLISHED: 08:00 28 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:00 28 September 2017

The new level crossing gates at Halesworth station.

The new level crossing gates at Halesworth station.

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Suffolk Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey has warned people in Halesworth that they could still see the crossing at the town’s railway station shut if it is not used properly.

Network Rail’s planned closure of the barrow crossing at Halesworth was put on hold last year thanks to the vigorous campaign by local residents.

Instead of closing the crossing, Network Rail installed gates with additional safety warnings. However, people continue to misuse the crossing with recent figures showing that the crossing was misused on 278 occasions during a week in June.

Dr Coffey said: “Bringing the Chief Rail Inspector to Halesworth to see for himself was key to keeping the crossing open, but it was on the basis that people used it properly and to stop crossing when trains were present. My message this Rail Safety Week is to please use the crossing properly or else we will lose it entirely.”

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