Statement Regarding Barns Green Level Crossing

I was contacted yesterday (Sunday) by the District Councillors for Barns Green, Stuart Ritchie and Tricia Youtan regarding concerns being raised regarding an incident at the level crossing on Friday evening.

A local resident says he spoke to a driver on Friday evening who believed he had just had a “near miss” on the level crossing, with the barriers still up, and had telephoned the incident through to Network Rail on the emergency telephone.  Especially given the recent tragic history at this location this has understandably caused huge concern locally. 

Having received, as requested, the details this morning I immediately contacted the Chief Executive of Network Rail and have demanded an explanation.  I will be posting the response as soon as this is received.  I have made absolutely clear the need for urgency.