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Metal railings to be installed at dangerous level crossing in Scotland

Metal railings to be installed at dangerous level crossing in Scotland
New metal railings are to be installed at a dangerous level crossing in Scotland instead of introducing a £12 million underpass.

Extra barriers will be erected in Kirknewton, West Lothian, as the crossing is thought to be the third most dangerous in the country following a number of accidents, Scotsman.com reports.

Additionally, new technology will be introduced to stop trains from being given the all-clear to pass through the crossing if there is an obstacle on the tracks.

Network Rail route managing director David Simpson told the news provider that local residents did not want a new underpass.

"We developed plans for an underpass at this location. However, it was clear from the response we received from the local community that this was not a popular solution," he reported.

"The new proposal will minimise the need for land purchase and prevent the extensive disruption which would have been required to build an underpass in the area."

Elsewhere, security bollards were unveiled last week as a new extension to London's Docklands Light Railway opened to the public.

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Date: 08/09/2011 16:45:59

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