A RAIL crossing popular with cycle commuters has been closed for safety reasons.

Network Rail has locked gates on a path linking the Wivenhoe Trail with Essex University, meaning it is only accessible by pedestrians using a stile.

Concerns had been raised bike riders were using the crossing without checking for trains, and with the gates left open by cyclists liability could fall on the landowner or the rail body if there was an accident.

The move has sparked anger from cyclists, who point out it is National Bike Week.

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