Stoke & Staffordshire

Stone level crossing plan after near misses

The public is being asked about plans to close a pedestrian level crossing in Staffordshire after a number of near misses with trains.

Network Rail said walkers have to open and close the gate themselves at Whitebridge Lane crossing, Stone, and there are only warning boards.

Options including building a bridge are under consideration.

The public are asked to go the nearby station between 1500 and 1900 GMT on Tuesday to give their comments.

'Gauge opinion'

Keith Lumley, from Network Rail, said they want to hear what local residents think should happen to it before they make a decision.

"The pedestrians have to open and close the gate themselves," he said.

"There are stop, look and listen warning boards but there are no other forms of warning at the level crossing and there have been a number of near misses there, particularly involving elderly people.

"We just want to find out what what they think of our schemes.

"We've got four proposals and we're going to explain them in full to them.

"We just want to gauge their opinion as to what would suit them best before we make a final decision."

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