Bringing People Together
So, they are saying that the level crossing barriers are controlled on a timer - well that is a load of locks and balls. It is a switch - when the train is approaching the barriers go down and when it leaves they go up. Sure there is a timer involved but that kicks in after the train has reached a certain point upon leaving. What they say about extra time for leaves is an insult to intelligence.
Oh and once again this morning, two of the three holes were void of any workmen. Three holes dug in the same area! The council should write a book - How to Maximise Disruption for by Dummies.
Ian Cook said:
On or about the 9th October Network Rail lengthened the time the level crossing at the junction of Percy and Station Roads now stays down, their reason,..”in case a train slips on leaves”. What leaves?
I spoke to Network Rail and they stated they probably didn’t bother to consult with or inform the local authority of this intended action, and as far as they are concerned it’s not their problem but one for the local authority and particularly the Highways Department .
Gareth gave me the contact details for Cllr. Stephen Speak, Cabinet Member for Highways and Streetscene, after explaining the problem to him he replied as below:-
"I'll ask council officers to take this up with their Network Rail contacts and check if there is a specific reason why barrier down times have been increased and whether it is a permanent or temporary change (and at what times of day). I'd like also to know if the change impacts the Strawberry Hill level crossing too.
I'll also ask officers also to speak with TfL in case they want to lobby Network Rail about a consequent delay to buses.
As you have identified Network Rail do seem to prioritise rail safety and their own operational requirements before considering the community and Highways impact. Zac Goldsmith MP and I did in fact meet with Network Rail in August to discuss this significant and longstanding problem across all level crossings, but are awaiting their proposals".
However a month on and surprise surprise nothing has changed, apart from the road works making it worse than ever.
With regards to impatient drivers dodging the queue by going down the wrong side of the road, including some 216 buses, traffic coming from Station Road cutting the corner and going across the pavement, having told Cllr. Speak this it does seem obvious that the safety and wellbeing of pedestrians and residents is of little concern or importance as this situation is ignored and allowed to continue.
God forbid if something terrible happens as a consequence, who would one hold responsible? I bet you we'd get knocked over in the rush for cover!
I've managed to avoid Thames Street when I remember but does anyone know why the level crossing is now staying down for a minimum of two trains? The tailbacks have reached beyond Priory Rd and down to the A308 with idiots overtaking the queue and turning into Ashley Road or Station Rd. I waited 16 minutes outside the junior school last week - half term so it was quieter.
The cameras on Percy Road may have been there as part of a traffic survey conducted in connection with the proposed development of 1500+ homes at Kempton Park. See http://keepkemptongreen.com/, the website set up by campaigners against these proposals (to whom I have no connection; other providers of information may be available).