Disruption between Kings Lynn & Ely - 12th July 2012

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The 12:56 Kings Lynn to Kings Cross has struck a road vehicle at Pleasants crossing which is between Littleport and Downham Market - hence road replacement transport in operation until further notice between Ely and Kings Lynn.

The train is still upright but the car involved is underneath the train - BTP via Twitter advised driver of car pronounced dead at the scene.

Cross Country are conveying passengers between Cambridge and Ely as is Greater Anglia accepting FCC tickets via any reasonable route.
 
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This was now the lead item on BBC Look East - for those who've never been to the region, that's the local BBC news programme for the Eastern counties. The wreckage came to rest near an automatic crossing (couldn't see on the footage whether it's an AHB or an AOCL), but they showed footage of the UWC, and, not only did it have red/green miniature lights, but it also had a warbler. I'll refrain from speculating on a possible cause as it's far too early for that sort of thing, but my impression from the footage was that the crossing, even if the gates were left open for road traffic, seemed obviously visible - the red light showing after the crash on the side shown in the report was bright, the instructions just under it were clear and unfaded, and the warbler was loud and penetrating, even across the reporter's voice.
 

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This was now the lead item on BBC Look East - for those who've never been to the region, that's the local BBC news programme for the Eastern counties. The wreckage came to rest near an automatic crossing (couldn't see on the footage whether it's an AHB or an AOCL), but they showed footage of the UWC, and, not only did it have red/green miniature lights, but it also had a warbler. I'll refrain from speculating on a possible cause as it's far too early for that sort of thing, but my impression from the footage was that the crossing, even if the gates were left open for road traffic, seemed obviously visible - the red light showing after the crash on the side shown in the report was bright, the instructions just under it were clear and unfaded, and the warbler was loud and penetrating, even across the reporter's voice.
It was an AHB the train came to a rest near.
 

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It was an AHB the train came to a rest near.
The only good thing to come out of that, is that it will have shown those motorists waiting at the crossing why you don't try to "beat the train" at a level crossing in a powerful way. Hopefully a few people will have taken that lesson on board today.
 

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The only good thing to come out of that, is that it will have shown those motorists waiting at the crossing why you don't try to "beat the train" at a level crossing in a powerful way. Hopefully a few people will have taken that lesson on board today.
You mean like the driver at White House Farm crossing last year? He was vilified by someone on this forum who knew nothing of the incident and yet was found to have been the victim not the culprit.
 

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There's really no sensible way to avoid having all these crossings. The railway is on an embankment across low lying, pumped out farmland. Tunnelling under the line isn't practical, bridges would have to be massive (see the height of the recently built bridges across the line just south of Cambridge).
Having said that, at this location (and many others) it should surely be possible to spend the money to reroute the access road down the side of the railway line to the crossing on the public road, a couple of hundred metres away.
 

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Yes this line does seem to be problematic when it comes to accidents on these crossings, there is a long line of them, stretching back many years, even right back to the 1930s with the Hilgay crossing accident.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUO8fumkqOc

When the line is eventually resignalled, I would have thought serious consideration must be given to abolish as many as possible and convert the rest to CCTV.
 
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