Network Rail has no time for clock idea

Taxi drivers Jim Reid, left, and Billy Small at the crossing in Logans Road.

Taxi drivers Jim Reid, left, and Billy Small at the crossing in Logans Road.

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Railway bosses have ruled out the idea of a countdown clock to tackle delays at the busy Logans Road level crossing in Motherwell.

Taxi driver Jim Reid had asked Network Rail to consider the plan. He said drivers, who wait up to 25 minutes to allow trains past, would find an alternative route out of North Motherwell if they knew how long it would take for the barriers to be lifted.

His idea sparked a lively debate, with many contributions to the Times & Speaker Facebook page. Most people backed Mr Reid but others were against.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “There is not currently a system available for a clock to predict barrier down times.

“If such a system was to be developed it would also have to integrate with the signalling systems in use at level crossings and would have to go through a detailed design and approval process before it could be trialled.

“The barrier down times at Logans Road can be considerable, but they reflect the fact it is on the West Coast Main Line, one of the busiest stretches of railway in Europe.

“The systems controlling the level crossing need time to reset between trains so it’s not feasible to lift the barriers between some services.”

Mr Reid said he was disappointed by that response, adding: “I would have thought we would have the technology in this day and age to do something.”

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