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February 21 2012

Following months of talks between Network Rail and local campaigners, a permanent solution to the access issues at Tide Mills level crossing may finally have been agreed upon.

Network Rail plans to carry out repairs to the gates this weekend, which will mean that the crossing will be closed to all users from 07.00 on Saturday, 25 February until approximately midday on Monday 27 February.

This action comes after a period of heated correspondence between Network Rail and local users of the crossing. Local residents campaigned for the replacement of the original 'kissing gate' style crossing in December last year, but the resulting modifications were deemed unsuitable.

It is hoped that closing the crossing for an entire weekend will allow sufficient time for a safe and appropriate alternative to the current gates to be constructed.

Clive Robey, of Network Rail said, 'Network Rail apologises for this saga dragging on, but our first obligation is to make the crossing safe and compliant. Given the wind conditions at certain times, finding the right solution, while trying to please everyone has been a challenge, to say the least.'