Time to tackle level crossing delays

Taxi drivers Jim Reid, left, and Billy Small.
Taxi drivers Jim Reid, left, and Billy Small.

Railway bosses are being urged to take up an idea to tackle long delays for motorists stuck at a busy level crossing in Motherwell.

It has been suggested that a clock could be installed to let people know how long the gates at the Logans Road crossing will be closed.

This would let them take an alternative route rather than wait up to 25 minutes at the crossing, according to taxi driver Jim Reid.

The crossing, at the junction with Bellshill Road, has been a source of frustration for many years.

Mr Reid has written to Network Rail and told them a clock could be financed by selling advertising space around it.

Mr Reid says many people are inconvenienced and it’s a situation they shouldn’t have to put up with.

He said: “There is a lot of movement between North Motherwell and Forgewood and it’s not just drivers - pedestrians must decide whether they want that steep climb over the footbridge or wait for the barriers to open.”

Fellow cabbie Billy Small supports Mr Reid’s idea. He said: “This crossing is a nightmare and nothing’s ever been done. It’s certainly worth considering.”

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