Sussex

Level crossing dividing Plumpton village reopens

The Plumpton Green crossing Image copyright Network Rail
Image caption Network Rail said the previous gates did not close fully and the locking mechanism was worn

A level crossing which Network Rail said had to shut in October because it was unsafe has reopened.

The closure of previous Victorian crossing at Plumpton in East Sussex had effectively divided the village in two.

The Grade-II listed railway gates have been replaced with a more modern crossing after Lewes District Council approved the plans last month.

More than 600 people had signed a petition saying the closure faced them to make a six or seven-mile detour.

Network Rail had closed the manually-operated crossing on safety grounds.

The council initially refused planning permission, saying it believed that replacing the listed barrier would cause "substantial harm to the significance of the signal box".

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