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Witham: Level crossing to be upgraded - in 17 years
5:00pm Tuesday 29th January 2013 in News
A level crossing where a man survived being hit by a train is to have full barriers - but not for another 17 years.
The crossing in Church Lane, Kelvedon, has half barriers, flashing lights, signs and a pedestrian gate.
In July 2011, Tony Winskill escaped with grazes after a train travelling at 100mph clipped the front of his mobility scooter.
Witham and Braintree Rail Users Association have campaigned for it to be made safer since the accident.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “Reviewing safety at level crossings is on ongoing process and when the level crossing at Church Lane is up for renewal around 2030, there is an intention to upgrade it to full-barriers.
“In the meantime, we are looking at other safety improvements such as improved signage and automatic number plate recognition cameras to act as a deterrent.”