Network Rail reveals it wants to do away with all level crossings following Motherwell incident

Lorry was trapped on level crossing in Motherwell after crashing into height barrier. Pic courtesy of Ewelina Nicole Kerber
Lorry was trapped on level crossing in Motherwell after crashing into height barrier. Pic courtesy of Ewelina Nicole Kerber

The company responsible for the infrastructure of the UK’s railways has admitted on Twitter it would like to do away with level crossings.

This came in the wake of a delivery lorry getting stuck on the railway line between Logans Road and Bellshill Road on Thursday afternoon.

The Scotrail Alliance confirmed an investigation is currently underway to find out how the vehicle managed to get trapped under the height restriction barrier on Bellshill Road.

The lorry was freed after about two hours and once the height barrier was removed the level crossing was reopened.

This came just a day after Network Rail had announced plans to enhance safety at Cornton level crossing in Stirling by installing an upgraded full-barrier crossing system.

In response to a question from another Twitter user about whether this would mean the Motherwell incident could happen at Cornton, the @NetworkRailSCOT account replied: “While we certainly hope that it won’t happen at #Cornton it shows ongoing risks of level crossings on the network and why we want them closed.”

It has already submitted final proposals to close or modify level crossings across Suffolk.

Motherwell West councillors Paul Kelly and Meghan Gallacher hit out at any suggestion the level crossing in Motherwell should be closed.

Councillor Kelly said: “What we need to do is look at improvements that can be made at the level crossing and that doesn’t meaning cutting off two communities.

“If the route from Logans Road to Bellshill Road was to be shut it doesn’t bear thinking about the traffic problems it would create.

“The complaint I always get is the amount of time people have to wait at the level crossing. It can be up to 20 minutes, which is ridiculous, and that should be the main priority being addressed.”

Councillor Gallacher added: “The level crossing is a vital road link within our community and I would fight to ensure it remains open.

“I will be writing to Network Rail to ask them to explain just what they meant by their tweet.”