Nick Gibb met Mrs Marilyn Phipps, a local resident, who is concerned about the safety of the level crossing on Toddington Lane. The barrier is a single barrier which means that when a train is imminent and the barrier lowered, it is still possible for pedestrians to cross the track.
Nick Gibb said, “Toddington Lane used to be a country lane with little traffic and very few pedestrians. As such, a single barrier at the level crossing was sufficient. Now, with new housing developments in recent years, traffic is heavier and there are many more pedestrians using the lane.
“It is now time to upgrade the crossing to a full barrier to ensure that no-one inadvertently walks across the tracks when a train is due, particularly at night for example. We also want to ensure children playing in the area aren’t tempted to dash across the tracks when a train is due, unaware of the risks and dangers.
“I have written to Network Rail asking them to consider upgrading the crossing.”
Photo: Marilyn Phipps with Nick Gibb at the Toddington Lane level crossing