Mind the gap on bridge

CONCERNS have been raised today over the safety of an Ipswich railway bridge.Gaps in barriers at the Derby Road crossing have been slammed by one grandfather who is concerned that children could fall onto the tracks.

CONCERNS have been raised today over the safety of an Ipswich railway bridge.

Gaps in barriers at the Derby Road crossing have been slammed by one grandfather who is concerned that children could fall onto the tracks.

Reg Farrow contacted the Evening Star because he wasn't sure who was responsible for maintaining the bridge.

He said: "I noticed the dangers as I walked across the bridge.


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"I was aghast at how easily a child could fall through. It is so dangerous."

Mr Farrow has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and is concerned for their safety.

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He added: "If a someone fell, they might roll under the fence and there is a 20ft drop to the railway.

"I don't know who is responsible but I want something done about it.

"A gauze or wire secondary fence needs to be put behind it to stop children falling down."

The bridge was rebuilt last year to allow freight trains to travel to and from Felixstowe Dock.

And according to Network Rail the barrier was built completely within guidelines.

A spokeswoman for the company said: "The barrier at the ramped area of the bridge is a temporary structure and plans are to replace it in the summer.

"It is within safety regulations and has been built to safety standards.

"The message should be that children should not play around near railways."

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