Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar, today welcomed the completed upgrade of West Dyke Road rail crossing and said the new wind-proof system will end the traffic chaos in bad weather.
Anna used her first parliamentary question after she was elected in May to call for ministerial action to bring the upgrade of the crossing forward.
The old gates often broke down and were forced to close in high winds, bringing chaos to the town centre with bus delays and local businesses losing custom.
The upgrade was originally scheduled for 2018. Following her election, Anna demanded an accelerated timescale and Network Rail have since fast-tracked the process of designing the new telescopic barrier system, which is the first of its kind in the country.
Following a site visit this morning to see the new system in operation, Anna said:
“It is fantastic to see the wind-proof barriers in place at last and to welcome the first trains through it this morning.
An end to the traffic chaos will be a welcome relief to residents, bus users, and local businesses who have long suffered from the repeated breakdowns and closures.
I am pleased we have been able to secure this upgrade well ahead of the original schedule and I would like to thank Network Rail who have worked hard to get the new system built and installed.”
Dave Morgan, area director for Network Rail, said:
“We have been all too aware of the problems suffered at West Dyke Road in high winds and decided that the level of disruption caused needed addressing ahead of the original programme.
“The new barrier has been designed with this specific problem in mind and is unlike any existing crossing on the network, and we are confident that its installation with help improve the flow of traffic and pedestrians in Redcar.”