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Future of fatal accident crossing under review

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 17, 2013

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An informal consultation is underway to help determine the fate of a controversial railway crossing in West Cornwall which was closed last year.

The Mexico foot-crossing in Long Rock, near Penzance, was temporarily closed by Cornwall Council following an inquest into the death of Jeanette Nicholls.

The grandmother was struck and killed on the foot-crossing in October 2011.

Campaigners in the village have argued strongly in favour of the crossing re-opening but Network Rail applied for the crossing to be permanently closed following the recommendation of Cornwall's deputy assistant coroner.

The council has written to a number of organisations who have previously contacted the council about it. including emergency services, utility companies, Ludgvan Parish Council and the Friends of Long Rock Mexico Crossing.

It will later make a decision whether or not to enforce a rail crossing extinguishment order.

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  • The Rhythm Balladeer  |  April 18 2013, 11:50PM

    "Fatal Accident Crossing" !!!!!!!!!!!! Here we go again. There is absolutely nothing unsafe about this harmless pedestrian crossing. However because an unfortunate accident happened there at which the train driver admitted she had to sound her horn a second time followed by an extremely dubious deputy coroner's decision that could understandably have been suicide or more likely an open verdict, for some reason the innate obsession for sensationalism amonst journalists rises to the surface almost joining in the condemnation of what has always been part of village life in Long Rock. Shame on people who can't get a grip on reality as their egos run roughshod over local culture and lifestyle. This is the so called democracy we live in where a loudmouthed minority can spoil things for the silent majority. Sadly the most local level of bureaucratic input comes from Cornwall Council in the guise of Jeremy Edwards who lied in public at a site meeting by the crossing earlier this year when he was witnessed by flabbergasted villagers to announce in the presence of Network Rail representatives that he had a thousand signatures supporting closure of the crossing when he was in fact referring to a petition actually calling for better safety measures OR closure. So despite the truth being that a railway inspection board found no problem with the crossing, it seems even the Cornwall council highways department are content to feed false information making it easier for Network Rail's jackboots to crush the heart of this village heralding what could be the final blow for struggling village businesses. In the name of safety the alternative walk from Long Rock towards Marazion is now along a dangerous unpaved road and swift access to that part of the beach for paramedics has been amputated. How clever and thoughtful is that? How do insensitive idiots get into such positions of power? I'm sure a referendum which wanted decisions to be made at a local level was clearly futile. This is the result. There is still time for the proper decision to be made but I suppose the longer it gets drawn out the more the expenses bill can expand as seems to be the trend in this era of austerity.

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